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Man shot dead in Petersham

Photo: Highway Patrol Images/flickr   BY CONSTANZA AHUMADA   A 44-year-old man was shot down in Railway Street, Petersham at about 11pm last night. Residents from the inner west suburb heard a series of five to seven gunshots before one resident discovered the man’s body lying in a pool of blood on the pathway. She immediately […]

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Remembering The Majestic

The Majestic Roller Rink, formerly a cinema known as The Odeon, in 1947. Photo Ted Hood, courtesy The State Library of NSW BY KALON HUETT With its strikingly symmetrical art deco facade, the former Majestic Roller Rink dominates the block of New Canterbury Road and overshadows its neighbours in both size and splendour. If Petersham […]

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Swept off their feet

The magic of dance … love blossomed on the dance floor.   BY KATHLEEN DALY  Love blossomed on the dance floor at Petersham’s Town Hall in Baz Luhrmann’s 1992 film Strictly Ballroom. But ballroom dancing – and love – weren’t new to the auditorium. My own parents met there in 1953 and sparks flew. And […]

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Faces in the Street

Gary Mudler, one of the faces of Petersham. Photo: Millie Dondas   BY TROY WALSH Then, flowing past my window, like a tide in its retreat … … But, Ah! to dreader things than these our fair young city comes – Taken from ‘Faces in the Street’ by Henry Lawson The aubergine and green-coloured minimalist […]