More examples of Sydney precinct themes. Street names in a new town like Sydney are an open invitation for this kind of nerdy commemoration: like the names of computers in labs, suites in certain hotels, or sports houses in schools, a theme is distributed over an array or set of interchangeable items.
Over time, these themes build up and overlap. The original Sydney theme – George, Pitt, William, Castlereagh – is a knot of Regency political figures, like the villains of a Shelley poem, which repeat themselves across the city in different orientations (the CBD, Parramatta, etc) Some precincts are only hypothetical; when I see the streets named for Shaw, Addison, Macaulay, Clarendon and Tupper which are scattered across Stanmore, Marrickville and Petersham, I wonder if this is the relic of an English literature precinct or only a coincidence.
From this perspective, living in Sydney is a process of collecting sets of collections, each with its own set of personal connotations and meanings.