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Enrico's Barber Shop

Annandale Heritage Festival 2015

Enrico sharpening his razor

2015 Video of Enrico demonstrating Sharpening his Razor on a Strop

"Until at last in sheer despair he sought a barber’s shop." ..The Man from Snowy River, by A. B. Paterson

Enrico Venti has hung up his scissors and comb after a 45 year career from Rome to Annandale.

Enrico's career began with an apprenticeship in Rome. In 1978, Enrico joined his brother in Campsie (Sydney). Through word of mouth, Enrico worked in many shops including Franks at Gordon, before setting out on his own at Annandale.

Enrico has seen fashions change, from the most challenging flattop of the 50s to the Hipster Beards of the new millenium. He has occasionally cut women's hair but in the main Men have been his clients.

Enrico has avoided hair products other than Gel. He only vaguely remembers colouring hair in Rome.

In his 20 years at Annandale, the only negative incident Enrico recalls was a fight on the pavement with the combatants coming through his window.

Enrico's shop in Annandale was famous for his poster collection. This started with a few postcards.

After working 6 days a week until recently, when he decided to take Mondays off, Enrico is going to take a well earned break and treat his wife to improving his to more adventurous home cooking.

Marghanita da Cruz
1 July 2017

Enrico on 30 June 2017

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Self Guided Illustrated Historical Walks

Each book in this series is a self guided historical walk through Annandale. Each walk explores the people and construction of Annandale. Each book covers two decades of Annandales History a hundred years apart. The first book in the series, 1890s Annandale: A Short Walk, covers the 1790s and 1890s...more.

1890s Annandale A Short Walk second edition Marghanita da Cruz with line drawing of Church with steeple Federation Annandale A Short Walk Marghanita da Cruz Annandale's Great War: A Short Walk Second Edition by Marghanita da Cruz with Annandale Viaduct and Soldiers 1920s Annandale A Short Walk  Marghanita da Cruz with line drawing of 1920s Flats 1930s Annandale: A Short Walk by Marghanita da Cruz with line drawing of an Art Deco Pub 1940s Annandale A Short Walk  Marghanita da Cruz with photograph of street with aircraft being towed. 50s Annandale A Short Walk,  Marghanita da Cruz