Saturday, 31 December 2011

Rookwood, Garden of Remembrance

The New South Wales Garden of Remembrance is part of the Sydney War Cemetery at Rookwood Cemetery. This fountain cascades down with a river of embedded and exposed stones encircircling this steel belvedere. The Garden of Remembrance was constructed in the early 1960s but was completely redeveloped in the late 1980s. The walls in the garden feature memorial plaques to commemorate those who served in wars.

Friday, 30 December 2011

Rookwood, St Michael the Archangel Chapel

St Michael the Archangel Chapel is a Roman Catholic Church in Rookwood Cemetery. This back view of the sandstone building, which was constructed from 1886, showcases the bell tower and the bronze statue of St Michael, the Archangel. This cast statue was installed in 2007 and is the third to adorn this chapel. The original was struck by lightning and destroyed and its replacement also suffered the same fate in 1995. The new statue has been provided with a lightning arrestor to avert another strike.
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Thursday, 29 December 2011

Rookwood, war memorial

This war memorial is located in Rookwood Memorial Gardens, which is part of Rookwood cemetery. This art deco monument in sandstone and granite has been dedicated to "Those who served Australia and the Empire". It features part of the "Ode of Remembrance": They shall grow not old, as we that are left grow old. Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn. At the going down of the sun and in the morning, We will remember them.
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Wednesday, 28 December 2011

Hyde Park, Archibald Fountain

The Archibald Fountain is a magnificent art deco style fountain located in Hyde Park. The central granite pedestal features a bronze sculpture of Apollo, surrounded by other mythological characters of ancient Greece on three lower pedestals. The fan-like shape of water formed by jets rising behind Apollo, represent the rising sun. The fountain is named after J.F. Archibald, owner and editor of The Bulletin, a newspaper which later became a magazine that encouraged writers to write about Australia. He bequeathed funds to build it to commemorate the association of Australia and France in World War I. It was designed by French artist Francois Sicard and was unveiled on 14 March 1932.

Tuesday, 27 December 2011

Darlinghurst, mounted police

These mounted police are on patrol in the inner city suburb of Darlinghurst, waiting to cross Oxford Street at Taylor Square. The forerunners of Sydney's mounted police force were formed in 1825 making them older than the Canadian Mounties and therefore the oldest continuous mounted police unit in the world. I snapped this on Christmas Eve which explains why the horses look so festive with their red antlers and blue tinsel decorations.

Monday, 26 December 2011

Darlinghurst, Christmas tree

This contemporary, metallic Christmas tree is located at Taylor Square, outside the Darlinghurst court house. The Christmas banners on the light poles have already been replaced with New Year's Eve banners.

Sunday, 25 December 2011

St Mary's Cathedral, Lights of Christmas

These images on the facade of St Mary's Cathedral on College Street were part of the annual Lights of Christmas, a light projection show that runs from 8th December to 25th December. These images of the Madonna and Child featured in this show are a series of Renaissance period artworks currently on display at the National Gallery in the nation's capital city, Canberra. These Renaissance works are 15th and 16th century Italian paintings, by masters such as Bellini, Botticelli, Titian and Raphael which are normally on display at the Accademia Carrara in Bergamo, Italy.

Saturday, 24 December 2011

St Mary's Cathedral, Lights of Christmas


The facade of St Mary's Cathedralon College Street has been featuring the annual Lights of Christmas, a light projection show running from 8th December to 25th December. This year's theme is Peace.

Friday, 23 December 2011

Surry Hills, Christmas stars

These flashing neon stars are part of a colourful Christmas light display along Crown Street, in the inner city suburb of Surry Hills. The stars are displayed in the Southern Cross or Crux formation, a constellation that is visible from the southern hemisphere. The Southern Cross is used as a national symbol of Australia and appears on the Australian flag.

Thursday, 22 December 2011

Redfern, memorial

This war relic stands close to the entrance of Redfern Park near the corner of Redfern Street and Elizabeth Street. Keeping this World War Two Bofors anti-aircraft gun as a war memorial in this peaceful park has divided the community.

Wednesday, 21 December 2011

Redfern, Baptist Fountain

The Baptist Fountain is located in the middle of Redfern Park, in the inner city suburb of Redfern. In 1888, Charles O’Neil designed the formal landscape of Redfern Park which included an ornate fountain. It was funded by a prominent local resident and nurseryman, John Baptist, so the fountain was named the Baptist Fountain.

Tuesday, 20 December 2011

Redfern, park

Redfern Park is located the inner city suburb of Redfern. These three climbing poles are located close to the eastern perimeter, with a backdrop of Australian native paperbark trees or Melaleuca.

Monday, 19 December 2011

Redfern Park, gates

Redfern Park is located the inner city suburb of Redfern. The Redfern Street Gates were installed in 1891 when the park was dedicated to the people of Redfern. The gates are wrought iron and the piers are sandstone. During conservation work in 2008, the paint was removed from the stonework returning them to their original state.

Sunday, 18 December 2011

Circular Quay, wharves and bridge

This view of Circular Quay ferry wharves and a ferry is from the viewing platform above Circular Quay railway station, out across Sydney Harbour to the Sydney Harbour Bridge. The Narrabeen is a Freshwater Fleet Class ferry acquired in 1984, which is part of the Sydney Ferries fleet that operates services from Circular Quay to Manly. 

Saturday, 17 December 2011

Australian National Maritime Museum

The Australian National Maritime Museum at Darling Harbour, viewed from King Street Wharf. The museum houses exhibitions that explore Australia's links with the sea and how maritime activities and issues have shaped the lives of people in Australia. Some of the outdoor exhibits can be seen from here such as the HMAS Vampire, the Cape Bowling Green Lighthouse and the Endeavour replica.

Friday, 16 December 2011

Carlton, hotel

This heritage building is located along the Princes Highway on the edge of Kogarah Park, in the southern suburb of Carlton. The building was formerly the Kogarah Hotel and now houses a Chinese restaurant. It was originally a single storey building built in 1860 in the with Victorian and Georgian architectural styles. It became a double storey building in 1890 with more Victorian architectural features.

Thursday, 15 December 2011

Sydenham, park

Sydenham Green was established as urban parkland in 1999, in the inner west suburb of Sydenham. It was developed in consultation with local residents as a cultural and recreational landscape, with the aim of bringing new life to the suburb. The site became available through acquisition of aircraft noise affected homes. This map located at the entrance of the park, illustrates the former neighbourhood plan.

Wednesday, 14 December 2011

Sydenham, sculpture

This sandstone memorial sculpture in Sydenham Green, a park in the inner west suburb of Sydenham. It was created by Aboriginal Artist Joe Hirst and dedicated in 1999 to the Stolen Generations. It features images of boomerangs and a couple of small reflective pools. The Stolen Generations is a term used to describe the children of Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander descent who were removed from their families by the Australian federal and state government agencies and church missions, under acts of their respective parliaments.

Tuesday, 13 December 2011

Five Dock, Domremy College

This fence and elaborate gate, an entrance to Domremy College, are located on First Avenue, in the inner west suburb of Five Dock. The Catholic church bought this estate in 1911 and created a private school, administered by the Presentation Order Sisters until 1997. It had developed infants, primary and secondary departments but the the infants and primary departments of the College were phased out. It is now a Catholic girls high school for Years 7 to 12.

Monday, 12 December 2011

Five Dock, Domremy College

The administration building of Domremy College is located on First Avenue in the inner west suburb of Five Dock. It had been a magnificent house built in 1882 in the Victorian Architectural style, called “Delapre” after an old Benedictine Abbey in Northampton, in England. It was renamed "Domremy" when the Catholic church bought it in 1911 and established a private school, administered by the Presentation Order Sisters until 1997.

Sunday, 11 December 2011

Iron Cove Bridge

The Iron Cove Bridge crosses Iron Cove and links the inner west suburbs of Rozelle and Drummoyne. The old truss span bridge which opened in 1955 is obscured here by the new duplicated concrete box girder bridge which opened in 2011. They are bathed in the golden glow of sunset.

Saturday, 10 December 2011

Rozelle, pump house

This building stands in Bridgewater Park, beside Iron Cove, in the inner west suburb of Rozelle. It was constructed in 1934 as the pump house for the former Balmain Power Station. Cool water was drawn in from the river and pumped up to the station using electronically driven pumps. The water was used to cool the condensers and was then pumped back into the river. The power station was constructed in 1909 and supplied electricity to the local area until it was decommissioned in 1976.The power station was demolished and the land was redeveloped into residential apartments and this park along the foreshore.

Friday, 9 December 2011

Anzac Bridge, sunset

A pastel sunset over the inner west suburbs of Glebe, viewed from Anzac Bridge.

Thursday, 8 December 2011

Oatley, Baptist Church

The Mortdale-Oatley Baptist Church is located on the corner of Boundary Road and Woronora Parade, in the southern suburb of Oatley. The Mortdale Baptist Church dates back to 1896 when  it began as the Mortdale Mission, with services held in a small wooden hall known as the ‘Hut’ in Morts Road at  neighbouring Mortdale. The church has been at this site in Oatley since 1919 but only became known as the Mortdale-Oatley Baptist Church in 1998. In these days of dwindling church attendances, mergers of parishes and church closures, some churches are using these sorts of trendy signs with catchy slogans and websites as advertisements to attract parishioners.

Wednesday, 7 December 2011

Monterey, sea wall

This sea wall or rock groyne is located on Botany Bay, in the southern suburb of Monterey. It is one of five sea walls along Lady Robinson Beach that have been built to protect the sandy foreshore

Tuesday, 6 December 2011

Rose Bay, St Paul's Anglican Church

The former St Paul’s Anglican Church on Newcastle Street at Rose Bay. This brick church was built in 1929 in an inter-war architectural style. The original church next door, that I showed yesterday, became the parish hall. It’s lucky that I photographed these recently since they are both due to be demolished soon, to make way for residential flats and a new childcare centre.

Monday, 5 December 2011

Rose Bay, St Paul's Anglican Church

The former St Paul’s Anglican Church is located on the corner of Newcaslte Street and Old South Head Road in teh eastern suburb of Rose Bay. It was built in 1918 and later became the church hall when a new church was built next door in 1929. Both are now deconsecrated and the hall is currently being used as a pre-school. While researching the history of these buildings, I discovered that the church, the parish hall and two neighbouring houses are due to be demolished soon to make way for residential flats and a new childcare centre.

Sunday, 4 December 2011

Rose Bay, St George Greek Orthodox Church

St. George Greek Orthodox Church is located on Newcastle Street, in the eastern suburb of Rose Bay. It was built in 1962 and combines elements of traditional Greek Orthodox Church architecture with contemporary designs of that era.

Saturday, 3 December 2011

Rose Bay

These yachts are moored in Rose Bay on Sydney Harbour, with the eastern suburbs of Vaucluse and Rose Bay as a backdrop.

Friday, 2 December 2011

The Domain, sculpture, Robert Burns

This bronze statue of Scottish poet Robert Burns (1759–1796), stands along Art Gallery Road, in the Crescent Precinct of The Domain. It was created by Frederick Pomeroy in 1905 and stands at 2.9 metres high on a stone pedestal of Melbourne granite, mostly in the rough, with one polished course in the centre.

Thursday, 1 December 2011

Opera House, ferries (Theme Day: Action Shot)

These Sydney Ferries were captured in action arriving towards and departing from Circular Quay, just before passing each other in front of the Sydney Opera House. They are a First Fleet Class ferry arriving and a SuperCat Class ferry departing.

Wednesday, 30 November 2011

Dawes Point, The Wharf Theatre

Walsh Bay, on Sydney Harbour, stretches between Dawes Point and Millers Point. The Walsh Bay wharves were originally part of Sydney's port facilities. The Wharf Theatre opened in 1984 in the redeveloped warehouse building on Pier 4 and Pier 5. It contains two theatres: Wharf 1 has 339 seats and Wharf 2 has 205 seats. It is the home base for the Sydney Theatre Company and the Sydney Dance Company. It also features The Wharf Restaurant at this end of the building.

Tuesday, 29 November 2011

Millers Point, Walsh Bay

Walsh Bay is on Sydney Harbour, stretching between Dawes Point and Millers Point. This view of the wharves and Sydney skyline is from a ferry on the harbour. Pier 8 and Pier 9 of the Walsh Bay wharves, were originally part of Sydney's port facilities. The old warehouses on the wharves here have been redeveloped into commercial and residential spaces.

Monday, 28 November 2011

The Rocks, Australian Hotel

The Australian Hotel is located on the corner of Cumberland Street and Gloucester Street in The Rocks. This heritage listed pub that was built in 1913 in the Edwardian architectural style. It retains most of its original features and features a unique split level bar. The original Australian Hotel was built in 1824 in George Street but was demolished during the plague to prevent outbreaks. The licence was transferred to this building, making it the oldest continuously licensed pub in the City of Sydney.
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