Friday 31 July 2009

Darling Harbour sculpture

This metallic sculpture at Darling Harbour called "The Diver" was created by Michael Snape in 1987. I hadn't particularly noticed it from the walkway, in the past. When I wandered around the other side and saw it up against the blue sky, I suddenly had a new appreciation of it. I thought it was quite remarkable with that backdrop.
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Thursday 30 July 2009

Hyde Park, statue, William Bede Dalley

A lifesize bronze statue of lawyer and member of Parliament, William Bede Dalley sits on the north east corner of Hyde Park, near St James Road. I must admit I'd never heard of him before I discovered this statue and was surprised to see it in such a prominent position in the city.

Wednesday 29 July 2009

Hyde Park, Frederic Joseph Walker memorial fountain

On the western side of Hyde Park, this fountain is a focal point for people and birds. It features mosaic tiles and sits close to the sandstone statues that I showed yesterday. The plaque nearby reads as follows: This fountain was presented to the City of Sydney by the family of Frederic Joseph Walker as a tribute to his memory and all who pioneered primary industry in Australia. 15th February 1961.
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Tuesday 28 July 2009

Hyde Park, sculpture

"Water, Fire and Earth" is a sandstone sculpture in Hyde Park by Gerard Havekes. The inscription on a plaque nearby reads as follows: The labours and beauty of pioneering mankind are depicted by three figures Water, Fire and Earth and a flanking font.
Water - A fisherman looking to the seas and new horizons.
Fire - A woman depicting womanhood and intuition protecting the fire of initiative and progress.
Earth - A farmer depicting the pioneering efforts upon which the country has developed.

Monday 27 July 2009

Bowral, memorial

This fountain and memorial (above) welcomes visitors into the town of Bowral. This war memorial (below left) is located in the same reserve.along with a ornate archway (below right) with the words 'Lest We Forget' in the metal lacework.

Sunday 26 July 2009

Bowral winery

I took another trip down to the southern highlands last weekend to the Centennial Vineyards at Bowral, 126 kilometres southwest of Sydney. We had lunch at a beautiful restaurant attached to the Centennial Vineyards. This place has a very European look and atmosphere.

Saturday 25 July 2009

Walsh Bay, ferry wharf

The Walsh Bay ferry wharf sits alongside Pier 2, of the larger finger wharf. In the background you can see a row of terrace houses above the sandstone outcrop at Dawes Point and below the southern onramp to the Sydney Harbour Bridge.

Friday 24 July 2009

Walsh Bay, Pier One

A glorious blue winter sky over the Sydney Harbour Bridge, viewed from Walsh Bay. Pier One on Dawes Point, overlooking Walsh Bay, was once part of Sydney's port facilities. It has now been converted into a hotel, apartments, shops, restaurants, bars and cafes. If you click on the photos to enlarge them, you can see a couple of adventurous groups of people doing the BridgeClimb on the Harbour Bridge.

Thursday 23 July 2009

Walsh Bay, flats

These warehouses are located behind The Promenade and wharves at Walsh Bay, in the inner city suburb of Dawes Point They were once part of Sydney's port facilities but have been converted to flats, shops, restaurants and cafes.

Wednesday 22 July 2009

Walsh Bay, wharves

Walsh Bay, located on Sydney Harbour at Dawes Point, contains a number of wharves that were originally part of Sydney's port facilities. The Walsh Bay wharves have been converted into theatres, offices, hotels, apartments, restaurants, cafes and shops. This view towards Pier 3 is from the balcony of The Wharf Restaurant at the Wharf Theatre.

Tuesday 21 July 2009

Sydney Fire Station

The Sydney Fire Station in Castlereagh Street was built in 1888 and was extended north in 1907 keeping to the same style. The new station with the glass facade that sits further north was completed in 2003, when the old building was restored.

Monday 20 July 2009

Mascot fire station

Mascot Fire Station is located in Coward Street in the eastern suburb of Mascot.

Sunday 19 July 2009

Botany fire station

Botany Fire Station is located in Banksia Street, in the eastern suburb of Botany. This heritage listed building was designed by E.L. Drew and built in the Federation Arts and Crafts architectural style. It has a very similar architectural design to the former fire station which I featured yesterday at Arncliffe which is now used a pre-school.

Saturday 18 July 2009

Arncliffe, pre-school

This pre-school building on the corner of Forest Road and Farrar Street in the southern suburb of Arncliffe. It was built in 1909 in the Federation styleoriginally as the Arncliffe Fire Station, when Farrar Street was then known as Gordon Street. The fire station closed in 1945 when duties were transferred to Rockdale Fire Station, which had opened in 1938. A new Arncliffe Fire Station was built in West Botany Street in 2006.

Friday 17 July 2009

Tempe, Cooks River, sunset

A couple of fishermen bring their little boat in at sunset on the Cooks River at Tempe.
 Linked to: Skywatch Friday.

Thursday 16 July 2009

Undercliffe, Turella Reserve, motorway stack

This controversial exhaust stack for M5 motorway tunnel is located in Turrella Reserve at Undercliffe, beside Wolli Creek. It's quite an ugly structure on the skyline but with the fading light at dusk, even the ugliest structures can sometimes look good. The tall apartment blocks at nearby Wolli Creek can be seen in the distance.

Wednesday 15 July 2009

Wolli Creek

Wolli Creek runs between the southern suburbs of Undercliffe and Wolli Creek and empties into the Cooks River near the suburb of Tempe. These apartments (top) dominate the skyline at Wolli Creek. The bridge (bottom) over Wolli Creek, located a bit further upstream, carries the Southern and Western Suburbs Ocean Outfall Sewer.
Linked to: Watery Wednesday

Tuesday 14 July 2009

Eveleigh, International Business Centre

This heritage building at Eveleigh is now known as the International Business Centre at Australian Technology ParkThe former Works Manager’s Office was part of the original construction of the Eveleigh Railway Workshops in the 1880s. Not a particularly remarkable building from this angle but it features an interesting bell tower.

Monday 13 July 2009

Eveleigh, National Innovation Centre, carriage

This old train carriage is on display outside the National Innovation Centre at the Australian Technology Park, in the inner city suburb of Eveleigh. The building was formerly the Engine Shop, part of the Eveleigh Railway Yards, which were the largest and most technologically advanced workshops in the southern hemisphere in the late 19th century. This C3704 is a Comeng Suburban Motor Car built in 1955 and known as a Sputnik.

Sunday 12 July 2009

Eveleigh, electricity cable tunnel

This modern sculpture surrounds the access to an electricity cable tunnel on the Vice Chancellor's Oval at Australian Technology Park, in the inner city suburb of Eveleigh. The Australian Technology Park opened in 1996 as a home to a community of researchers, entrepreneurs, incubator businesses, start-ups, mature technology companies and education organisations. It utilises the heritage buildings of the old Eveleigh Railway Yards along with contemporary buildings.

Saturday 11 July 2009

Tempe, warehouse

This warehouse building on the Princes Highway at Tempe was last used as the headquarters for Ateco, an automotive equipment wholesaler. After being renovated, it has been sitting vacant for the last few years but there are plans to redevelop the 10 hectare commercial site behind this building into a massive IKEA store that will also house the Swedish company's Australian headquarters. I was glad to hear that there are plans to retain this warehouse, office block and clock tower as part of the new development.

Friday 10 July 2009

Tempe, reserve (Skywatch Friday)

The moon above Tempe Recreation Reserve at sunset, looking towards Sydney Airport.
Linked to: Skywatch Friday

Thursday 9 July 2009

Tempe, sports centre

The Robyn Webster Sports Centre, located in Tempe Reserve, in the inner west suburb of Tempe, features outdoor netball courts and indoor netball, volleyball and soccer courts. The Aboriginal mural painted on the outside of the building is called 'Gift Given' and was created by Bronwyn Bancroft. It features fish, lizards, snakes, men and women in diamond formations. It is the largest mural in the Southern hemisphere and the detailed walls and roof are a landmark for planes landing at nearby Sydney Airport. I chose to feature this Aboriginal artwork today because this week in Australia is NAIDOC week, which is a time to celebrate the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures and recognise the contributions of Indigenous Australians.

Tuesday 7 July 2009

Cape Cabarita, apartments

Some of the new housing developments at Cape Cabarita, in the inner west suburb of Cabarita.

Monday 6 July 2009

Cabarita, Federation Pavilion

This Federation Pavilion is located at Cabarita Park in the inner west suburb of Cabarita. It was originally located in Centennial Park, where Governor General Lord Hopetoun proclaimed the Federation of Australia in 1901 but was later moved to Cabarita Park.

Sunday 5 July 2009

Cabarita, ferry wharf

 Cabarita ferry wharf is located at he end of Cabarita Park The Rivercat, which is the watercraft used on the Parramatta River ferry services, can be seen here picking up passengers at the wharf. 
 Linked to: Scenic Sunday

Saturday 4 July 2009

Friday 3 July 2009

Huntley Point, ferry wharf

The clouds rolled in to threaten the perfectly sunny day in the suburb of Huntleys Point, viewed from the inner west suburb of Chiswick. The Huntleys Point ferry wharf is located on the northern side of the Parramatta River, close to Gladesville Bridge and can be seen here. The Chiswick ferry wharf that I featured yesterday can be seen in the distance, on the opposite site of the the river.
 Linked to: Skywatch Friday.

Thursday 2 July 2009

Chiswick, ferry wharf

The Chiswick ferry wharf is located on the southern side of the Parramatta River, close to Gladesville Bridge.

Wednesday 1 July 2009

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