Thursday 30 April 2009

Hyde Park, statue, Captain Cook

This statue of Captain James Cook in Hyde Park was sculpted by Thomas Woolner. It was unveiled by Governor Sir Hercules Robinson, on Tuesday 25th February 1879. The statue was erected to commemorate Captain Cook's discovery of the east coast of Australia in 1770.

Wednesday 29 April 2009

Kurnell, Captain Cook Memorial Obelisk

The Captain Cook Memorial Obelisk sits behind Silver Beach in the Botany Bay National Park at Kurnell. Captain James Cook was an English explorer, navigator and cartographer whose expedition became the first recorded European one to navigate and map the eastern coastline of Australia. On the 29th of April 1770, his crew arrived in Botany Bay on the Endeavour and made their first landing on Australian soil at what is now known as Kurnell, claiming Australia for the British Crown.

Tuesday 28 April 2009

Chifley, war memorial

The Bob Clarke Memorial Reserve, sits between the carriageways of the divided Anzac Parade, which was once a tramway, in the eastern suburb of Chifley. The war memorial and flag pole are flanked by a couple of cannons which were at Coogee Beach until 1982. They originally came from Fort Macquarie, which was where the Sydney Opera House now stands.

Monday 27 April 2009

Padstow, war memorial

The Padstow war memorial,  sits in a prominent position along Memorial Drive, in the south western suburb of Padstow. The curved stone wall featuring a large cross in the centre, dedicated in 1967, is located beside the railway station.

Sunday 26 April 2009

Cronulla, war memorial

The Cronulla war memorial sits in the middle of Munro Park, in the southern suburb of Cronulla. It is an obelisk with a paved sandstone base, a sandstone block mid-section and a polished granite top section. It features a 1914-1919 Honour Roll.

Saturday 25 April 2009

Randwick, war memorial, Anzac Day

The Randwick war memorial is a sandstone cenotaph located in High Cross Reserve, in the eastern suburb of Randwick. It was dedicated in 1922 and contains within the structure the names of over four thousand World War One veterans, inscribed on a parchment roll. Today is Anzac Day, a public holiday which commemorates one of Australia's most important national days, when Australians remember those who have served and died in wars. ANZAC stands for Australian and New Zealand Army Corps and the date marks the anniversary of the first major military action fought by Anzac forces during the First World War at Gallipoli, Turkey.

Friday 24 April 2009

Lidcombe, war memorial

This Lidcombe war memorial sits in the middle of Wellington Park, in the western suburb of Lidcombe. The memorial is topped with a statue of an Australian soldier in a solemn stance, resting on his rifle. Four columns form the plinth for the statue with gilt name plates for both World Wars mounted on the flat internal faces.Anzac Day is commemorated in Australia and New Zealand tomorrow.

Thursday 23 April 2009

Burwood, war memorial

The Burwood war memorial arch featuring an impressive sandstone archway, is located at the entrance to Burwood Park, in the inner west suburb of Burwood. The Memorial was dedicated on 11th November 1922 and unveiled on Anzac Day 1923. We're coming up to Anzac Day on Saturday, the day that Australians remember those who served and died in wars, so I'll feature a few memorials around Sydney over the next few days.

Wednesday 22 April 2009

Burwood Park

Burwood Park, in the inner west suburb of Burwood, features a lake and a row of palm trees on the eastern border beside Burwood Road.

Tuesday 21 April 2009

Rockdale, Resurrection of Christ Macedonian Orthodox Church

The Resurrection of Christ Macedonian Orthodox Church is located along Frederick Street, in the southern suburb of Rockdale. It was built in 1892 as a Rockdale Congregational Church, which later became part of the Uniting Church. Not far away, a newer building St Petka Macedonian Orthodox Church, is located along Railway Parade. You don't usually have two churches of the same denomination in the same suburb but in this case there has been some sort of dispute within the church which has resulted in a split.

Monday 20 April 2009

Strathfield, Intercession of the Holy Virgin Ukranian Orthodox Church

The Intercession of the Holy Virgin Ukranian Orthodox Church is in the western suburb of Strathfield. Many people wouldn't realise it's actually in Strathfield because it's close to Flemington railway station and on the border of Lidcombe and West Homebush.

Sunday 19 April 2009

Kogarah, Resurrection of Christ Greek Orthodox Church

The Resurrection of Christ Greek Orthodox Church is in the southern suburb of Kogarah. It was constructed in the 1980s but due to modern day noise restrictions, the planned bell tower on the left was never completed. The entrance to the church is decorated with palms for Palm Sunday.

Saturday 18 April 2009

Strathfield, Sts Peter and Paul Russian Orthodox Church

The Sts Peter and Paul Russian Diocesan Cathedral is located along Vernon Street, in the inner west suburb of Strathfield. It's a bit hard to find because it's located in a quiet street but the white steeple can be seen from a distance, so it doesn't remain undiscovered.

Friday 17 April 2009

Burwood, St Nektarios Greek Orthodox Church

St Nektarios Greek Orthodox Church is located in the inner west suburb of Burwood. This heritage listed church on Railway Parade was formerly a Methodist Church. I chose this photo today because it's Good Friday for Orthodox christians.

Thursday 16 April 2009

Surry Hills, Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church

The Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church in Surry Hills was the first Greek Orthodox church in Australia, consecrated in 1898. This week is Holy Week leading up to Easter, for Eastern Orthodox denominations. The reason for the variation is complicated and goes back to the 4th century when the Church of Rome decided that the date of Easter would be computed independently of any Jewish calculations to determine the date of Passover, so that Easter is observed on the Sunday after the first full moon on or after the day of the vernal equinox. The Eastern Orthodox Churches continue to use a lunisolar cycle to calculate the date of Easter, which is also used to calculate the date of Jewish Passover.

Wednesday 15 April 2009

Penshurst, West Maling

West Maling is a magnificent house located high on King Georges Road, in the southern suburb of Penshurst. It's one of the earliest examples of Queen Anne style built in Australia. These days it is used for church services by the Assemblies of God Church.

Tuesday 14 April 2009

Penshurst, St Johns Anglican Church

St Johns Anglican Church is located at the intersection of King Georges Road and Forest Road, in the southern suburb of Penshurst. The church on the ridge with its steeple once dominated the skyline, before highrise apartments and office blocks were built nearby.

Monday 13 April 2009

Randwick, Our Lady of the Sacred Heart Catholic Church

Our Lady of the Sacred Heart Catholic Church is a magnificent looking church, located in the eastern suburb of Randwick.
Today is Easter Monday, the day following Easter Sunday, which is a public holiday in Australia.

Sunday 12 April 2009

Waverley, Mary Immaculate Catholic Church

Mary Immaculate Catholic Church is located in the eastern suburb of Waverley. Today is Easter Sunday, the biggest Christian holy day on the calendar, along with Christmas. The Catholic Church in Australia is the largest single Christian denomination.

Saturday 11 April 2009

Haberfield, St David's Uniting Church

St David's Uniting Church is located in the inner west suburb of Haberfield. This heritage listed sandstone church was built in 1869 in the the Victorian Academic Gothic architectural style, as a Presbyterian Church. The Uniting Church in Australia is the third largest single Christian denomination in Australia and was formed by the union of the Methodist Church of Australasia, Presbyterian Church of Australia and Congregational Union of Australia.

Friday 10 April 2009

Crows Nest, Naremburn

The steeple of St Leonards Catholic Church dominates the skyline of the northern suburb of Naremburn. It is a prominent structure on the horizon of the adjacent suburb of Crows Nest, as can be seen here from the popular restaurant and cafe precinct along Willoughby Road. Another adjacent suburb, St Leonards, took its name from this church. Today is Good Friday, one of the most important days on the Christian calendar and also a public holiday in Australia.

Thursday 9 April 2009

Cronulla, St Andrew's Anglican Church

St Andrew's Anglican Church is located on the corner of The Kingsway and St Andrews Place, in the southern suburb of Cronulla. It was built in 1935 in the Byzantine architectural style with art deco features. The Anglican Church of Australia is the second biggest Christian denomination in Australia, which has its origins with the Church of England.
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Wednesday 8 April 2009

Tuesday 7 April 2009

Jannali Inn

The Jannali Inn is a contemporary hotel that features some historic designs.

Monday 6 April 2009

Como Hotel

The Como Hotel is a historic hotel in the southern suburb of Como. It was originally built circa1878 and extensively rebuilt after a major fire in November 1996. The suburb takes its name from Lake Como, at the foot of the Bernese Alps in Italy.

Sunday 5 April 2009

Oatley town clock

The town clock in Frederick Street at Oatley was dedicated by the community in 1983. The suburb was named after James Oatley senior, the convict watch-maker who was granted a conditional pardon. He owned a watch shop in George Street in the city and was appointed as overseer of the Town Clock for his work installing the clock at Hyde Park Barracks. He received several land grants in this area that were inherited by his son Frederick, who also went into the family business and took over his father's watch shop.

Saturday 4 April 2009

Hurstville Grove, Oatley Bay

This view of the mangroves and trees at Hurstville Grove is from Oatley Bay. The sunset shots that I featured yesterday were taken from the middle of these mangroves.

Friday 3 April 2009

Oatley Bay

Oatley Bay sits on the Georges River, providing a natural border for the southern suburbs of Oatley, Hurstville Grove and Connells Point. A crisp Autumn evening provides a clear and colourful sunset as the sky went from yellow to orange, purple and blue.
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Thursday 2 April 2009

Moore Park, Eastern Distributor, traffic island garden

A few weeks ago, I noticed the installation of a couple of unusual planter boxes on the traffic islands at Moore Park (above), at the intersection of Cleveland Street and South Dowling Street, which is part of the Eastern Distributor. The planters were created by splitting a small car in two. I thought this was an innovative and adventurous installation by the local council. It turns out, the local council wasn’t responsible but it was actually part of a new reality television, gardening makeover show called Guerrilla Gardeners, where they spruce up certain parts of the city that they feel have been neglected. It is an interesting concept that has created controversy with local councils because the gardeners do not obtain their permission and also because show highlights the council’s neglect. The media has been reporting about councils preventing them from completing their work or altering them once completed but locals seem to support them. The installation here is an improvement but unfortunately, without regular maintainenance, it's already starting to look a bit neglected compared to what it looked like at the start.

Wednesday 1 April 2009

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