"Redfern" Top 5 Page for this destination Sydney Suburbs Tip by iandsmith

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Favorite thing: Redfern, where 41.6% of people live in public housing, has a poor reputation among those who haven't been there, yet it has a repository of interesting architecture, some galleries and an interesting park or two.

Fondest memory: It was named after the renowned surgeon William Redfern, who certainly came a long way after being sentenced to death for his part in the mutiny of the Nore in 1797. After serving four years he was transported to Sydney and gained a conditional pardon in 1803 followed by a full pardon in 1804, the year he was strongly advocating smallpox vaccination.
Such was his success that Governor Lachlan Macquarie gave him over 100 acres of land where the suburb now stands.

Review Helpfulness: 2.5 out of 5 stars

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  • Written Nov 18, 2008
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