Monday, 21 November 2011

Hyde Park, Sandringham Gardens, gates

These decorative gates are part of Sandringham Gardens in  Hyde Park North. Sandringham Gardens were developed to commemorate the intended visit of King George VI in 1952, which was cancelled due to his sudden death. In 1953, it was decided to dedicate the gardens as a joint memorial to the late King George V and the late King George VI. The memorial gates were unlocked on 5 February 1954 by the late King George VI's daughter, Queen Elizabeth II.

22 comments:

  1. I didn't know the king had planned a visit. Interesting. Not seen the northern end of Hyde Park, but clearly there are things to see.

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  2. I miss so much by not being a world traveler! The gates are beautiful as is your photo!

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  3. Great shot Jim, can't believe I walked past those less than a week ago!

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  4. Very elegant gates beautifully captured.

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  5. Andrew, it was news to me too. I'm learning a lot about Sydney and history as I do research for these posts.

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  6. Heisann!

    Is this the gate we climbed after being locked up at night in the garden after watching the big bates in Sidney?
    I recall that horrible feeling!
    Have some nice days ahead ;:OD)

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  7. Vilt og vakkert, Hyde Park remains open at night and Sandringham Gardens is quite small. I think you meant the big "bats" so that was probably the nearby Botanic Gardens. The gates there close at sundown.

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  8. I remember Queen Elizabeth's first visit to Melbourne very well, because school children were taken to see her travel past on an open train. But I don't remember anything about her stay in Sydney. What a great idea to dedicate the gardens as a memorial to King George V and King George V together. Looks good, still!

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  10. How interesting! Another location to add on my "to visit" list when I am next in Sydney!
    Lovely photo, Jim!

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  11. I like this corner of Hyde Park, Jim. I have a story in the back of my head that I have been meaning to do about what stood on this site from 1945 onwards. I will see if I can whip it up this evening and link back to your own post.

    Wish me luck ...

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  12. Thanks for providing the history behind these gates. I like the you find a story in what surrounds you.

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  13. Fantastic 1950's decorative iron work contrasted with brutalist stone curves. Which one is George, which one Elizabeth?
    Great shot Jim with the skyline in distance.

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  14. Mark, it's actually all about the Georges. If you look closely on the sandstone walls you can see engraved George V 1910-1936 and George VI 1936-1952.

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  15. A neglected corner - nice perspective on it.

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  16. Great post with fascinating history and love the design and lines of the photo ~ carol ^_^

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