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DISCOVER

212 Devonshire Street AKA Mum’s

Code word – Is mum in? – watered thousands in Sydney when the sale of alcohol after 6pm was banned in 1916.

 

Run by legendary “Queen of the Underworld”, Kate Leigh, this was where businessmen and politicians flouted the law after a hard day’s work.

 

At her height, Kate had over 20 such establishments and

212 Devonshire was the grandest and most well-known –

by far the gem in her shady empire.

 

Extravagant, with a diamond on every finger, she also had a sweet for every child and a community Christmas celebration every year.

 

With over 700 mourners at her funeral.

 

Kate was the true Mum of Surry Hills and the East.

Kate Leigh