26th February 2011
The Sisters of the Order of Perpetual Indulgence (Sydney House) focused their annual History Walk for 2011 on an area known as The Golden Mile, a section of Oxford Street stretching from the Paddington Town Hall down to Taylor Square, also taking in the Green Park area.
Around forty attendees gathered on Oxford Street outside Juniper Hall in Paddington enjoying meeting and mingling until embarking on an interesting and informative perambulation which lasted about 2 hours. The gathered faithful included visitors from around Australia as well as some from places further afield such as Canada, Japan and the U.S.A.
Cardinal French, a renowned historian, and an activist during the early years of the Gay Liberation movement in Sydney lead the walk, entertaining the gathered faithful with anecdotes about the various locations and occurrences of significance along the way beginning with Enzo's bar which used to be located opposite the Paddington Town Hall and finishing up at Taylor Square.
Many of the Sisters and some of the gathered faithful added to the imagery recounting their own experiences and knowledge of many of the establishments both past and present along the way.
The walk culminated at Taylor Square where many of the gathered faithful joined the Sisters at the Oxford Hotel for libations and further socialising.