In the first part of the 19th Century, the area around Lewisham was heavily wooded. In the 1830’s Lewisham was a popular hunting area. The hill which slopes down from New Canterbury Road towards Long Cove Creek (the train viaduct goes over this) and Gambling Creek was the point where the leader of the huntsmen sounded his horn, hence the name Toothill Street.
Articles about hunting were a regular feature in newspapers of the day!
|The Australian: Tuesday 2 June 1835, page 2 (Ref: Trove)|
Reference: Cashman, R & Meader, C (1990). Marrickville Rural Outpost to Inner City. Petersham: Hale & Iremonger Pty Ltd. 37-38.