At the bus stop a woman told anyone who would listen that she had just come across a plaque that said someone called Dr Robert Wardell – co-founder of The Australian newspaper – had once owned most of what was now the Municipality of Marrickville and that he had been killed in 1834 while out hunting deer on his property – and killed by bushrangers too, which surprised her not a bit.
Nothing much had changed since then, in her opinion. She herself was too scared to be out and about after dark. Of course, as for Marrickville proper, it was hard to imagine how it had once looked for this Dr Wardell. And nobody seemed to read newspapers any more, except for her sister who bought three every day.