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Paddington is known for the number of times its demographic have changed over the years. It was originally the site of wealthy colonists who erected grand and beautiful residences. A short time later, it was decided by the government that the soldiers' barracks should be relocated close to Paddington hence the emergence of small cottages around the area.
The soldier's barracks, known today as the Victoria Barracks was built between 1841 and 1848 by Lt.Col. Barney. Located along Oxford Street, this barrack should be considered as the starting point of anyone's visit to Paddington.
If you go along Oxford Street, be sure to stop at Taylor Square which sported several large windmills grinding grain. The windmills were used to support the colony during the 1880s and is worth a visit.
For those who enjoy shopping, the Paddington Bazaar promises to be a bargain hunter paradise. The bazaar is held every Saturday from 10am on the St John's Church ground. Visitors can expect a variety of stalls selling anything from second hand books to jewels and crafts. There are also musicians who perform under the trees, making the bazaar a lively and enjoyable place to be in.
TIPS: If you have a sweet tongue, then you should visit the Paddington Chocolate Factory which has tours around its factory. The factory opens from Tuesday to Saturday (8am to 6pm), Sunday (10am to 6pm) and closes on Mondays and public holidays.
To get to Paddington via bus, catch the bus number 380 or 382 from Elizabeth Street in the city to Paddington.
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