Your Street History: Suttor Street, Alexandria

March 29th, 2019 - by Brad Gillespie

Suttor Street is a leafy passage in the heart of Alexandria’s Golden Triangle.

Residents who live here revel in their inner-city lifestyle – a stroll to Erskineville and Alexandria Village and a short walk to Redfern Station – without forgoing any serenity.

The strip is a tranquil, blue-chip enclave with no through traffic, dotted with charming low-rise housing from the Victorian and Federation Eras.


Suttor Street is bound by the Kingsclear Road Heritage Conservation Area, which consisted of three land grants: a 30-acre grant to John King in 1794, a 210-acre grant to Nicholas Devine in 1794-9 and a 1400 acre grant to William Hutchinson in 1823.

In the second half of the 19th Century, the area was populated by a working population. Tradespeople were drawn to the region as their labour was badly needed and many wanted to live in proximity to their jobs at the Eveleigh Railway and Goods Yards.

A lot of the heritage architecture in the area is comprised of factories and cottages, which housed those employed by the industrial boom. For example, 71 Suttor Street was a factory and is now a stylish warehouse conversion; while 61 Suttor Street was a corner store built in the late-Victorian period.

Here are some of the highlights of the location:

Cliff Noble Community Centre

Found at 24 Suttor Street, the Cliff Noble Community Centre has a wide range of affordable weekly activities to keep locals busy. This includes art classes, yoga for families and Zumba for “older adults.” The area can also be hired out for a variety of events.


There are many parks within walking distance to Suttor Street.

  • Dibbs Street Reserve has a small playground and is great for smaller kids.
  • Erskineville Oval is moments away and has fantastic sporting facilities.
  • Adjacent to the oval is Harry Noble Reserve which has a playground, picnic area, basketball rings and an off-leash area for dogs.
  • Alexandria Park is a slightly longer walk away. It contains a playing field suitable for basketball, tennis and cricket. It also has a playground and picnic area and is well lit at night.
  • Solander Park is a quiet pocket on Park Street. Its prominent feature is a pair of bronze-horn sculptures, which amplify the sound of the creek below.


Suttor Street is a great place to live if you have no interest in cooking, thanks to the diverse range of restaurants nearby. The closest include:

Bitton Café and Grocer

The French-inspired restaurant is a hit with locals; true fans can attempt some of David Bitton’s meals at home by purchasing some of the dressings, marinades and sauces available at the grocer section of the venue.

Fratelli Fresh

This is the lively neighbourhood Italian full of pasta and atmosphere. It’s a great venue for a meal, but also for groceries. Its retail area is bursting with freshly-baked goods and Italian products.

Brunch and Co

As the name suggests, this is a place to dine in the first half of the day. It offers hearty breakfast staples in an industrial décor.

Gypsy Coffee Roasters

This place sells some of the best coffee in Sydney. They also have an inventive breakfast and lunch menu with items like a roast pork roll, with Asian coleslaw and Sriracha mayo


Living on Suttor Street means that you don’t have to spend time in the car either. The street is walking distance to Erskineville and Redfern Train Stations and is also accessible by buses from nearby Mitchell Road.


Like most of Sydney, the demographics of Alexandria has changed drastically in the last century. Recently it’s attracted families and one of the drawcards is the plethora of schools nearby. In 2016, the Minister for Education announced a plan to upgrade and expand Alexandria Park Community School. The multi-story campus is due to be completed in 2022 and will increase its capacity to 1,500 students.

Other Government Schools in the area are:

Erskineville Public School, Darlington Public School, Green Square School, Newtown North Public School, Newtown Public School, Newtown High School of Performing Arts, Australia Street Infants School, Royal Prince Alfred Hospital School and Camdenville Public School

Nearby Private Schools

St Mary's Catholic Primary School, SEDA College, Key College, Our Lady of Mount Carmel Catholic Primary, Redfern Jarjum College, Taylors College, The Athena School, St Pius' Catholic Primary School, International Grammar School and Oxford College

Nearby Pre-schools

Ku Sunbeam Preschool, Wunanbiri Pre-School, Ku James Cahill Preschool, Poet's Corner Kindergarten, St Peters Community Preschool and Ku John J Carroll Preschool

Nearby Childcare Centres

Froebel Alexandria, Alexandria Child Care Centre, Sdn Erskineville Children's Education and Care Centre, Gowrie Child Care Centre, Boundary Lane Children's Centre, Ku Union Childrens Centre, Sdn Lois Barker Child and Family Learning Centre, Waterloo, Sdn Linthorpe Street Children's Education & Care Centre, The Joey Club and Ku Carillon Avenue Children's Services.