Thursday, 31 March 2011

Sans Souci, cannon

This cannon barrel stands as a monument in Cook Park on the shore of the Georges River. It is located near the mouth of the river at Botany Bay, in the southern suburb of Sans Souci. The barrel came from the HMS Wolverine, flagship of the Australian Squadron 1876-1881. HMS Wolverine was built at Woolwich dock, England in 1863 as a three masted steam corvette with 21 guns and a flush deck. When it arrived in Sydney it served as a training ship for the naval brigade. It was sold off in 1895 and when it became unseaworthy ended up in Auckland, New Zealand. It was dismantled at Brick Bay, later renamed Stanley Bay.

Wednesday, 30 March 2011

Sandringham, baths

Sandringham Baths are located on the shore of Botany Bay, in the southern suburb of Sandringham. The weather has started to cool now that Autumn has arrived and there weren't any swimmers here late in the afternoon as this seagull kept watch. This area had been known as Stripper's Point in the 1830s, from the local occupation of tree-felling and bark-stripping. Luckily the name was changed to Sandringham by William Rust, an ardent royalist who built the Prince of Wales Hotel here in the 1870s to honour Edward VII, the Prince of Wales, who in 1872 was also building a royal residence at Sandringham, in Norfolk, England.

Tuesday, 29 March 2011

Croydon Park, pub

The Croydon Park Hotel is located along Georges River Road, in the inner west suburb of Croydon Park. It is typical of the style of classic old pub that you see out in the suburbs. While many of these types of pubs have closed, been redeveloped or replaced by larger venues over the years, it's good to see that many have survived too.

Monday, 28 March 2011

Croydon Park, house

"But-Har-Gra" is a heritage listed mansion located on the corner of Georges River Road and Croydon Avenue, in the inner west suburb of Croydon Park. It was built in 1890 in the Victorian architectural style and became the Church of England Hostel for Girls founded by Mariam Annette Grant (nee Button). The name But-Har-Gra comes from her maiden name and her two married names. The estate was left to the Church of England and since 1959 has been used as residential accommodation for students and their families of the Moore Theological College, which instructs ministers for the Anglican Church in Sydney.

Saturday, 26 March 2011

Pyrmont, lamp and bench

This lamp, tiered bench and decorative pergola are located at the Pyrmont end of the pedestrian walkway on the Anzac Bridge. I chose this photo to highlight Earth Hour, an annual event to to raise awareness of the need to take action on climate change. Participants switch off lights and electrical equipment for one hour at 8.30pm on the last Saturday of March. Earth Hour started in Sydney in 2007 with approximately 2.2 million people and 2,100 businesses taking part. It has grown every year and spread across the world, with 4,000 cities and 128 countries involved in 2010.

Friday, 25 March 2011

Sydney Opera House, YouTube Symphony Orchestra Grand Finale

A final look at the light projections on the Sydney Opera House which were part of the YouTube Symphony Orchestra Grand Finale. These projections featured live images from the concert mixed with dramatic scenes of clouds rolling across the sky and the sun setting.
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Thursday, 24 March 2011

Sydney Opera House, YouTube Symphony Orchestra Grand Finale

These light projections on the Sydney Opera House on Sunday night were part of the YouTube Symphony Orchestra Grand Finale. The projections shown here were animated and complemented the music played at the concert.

Wednesday, 23 March 2011

Sydney Opera House, YouTube Symphony Orchestra Grand Finale

Some more light projections on the Sydney Opera House on Sunday night as part of the YouTube Symphony Orchestra Grand Finale. These shots were taken across Circular Quay from the Overseas Passenger Terminal where professional camera crews were also filming the event.

Tuesday, 22 March 2011

Sydney Opera House, YouTube Symphony Orchestra Grand Finale

These light projections on the Sydney Opera House on Sunday night were part of the YouTube Symphony Orchestra Grand Finale. The YouTube Symphony Orchestra is the world's first collaborative, online, international orchestra. Thousands of musicians from around the world auditioned online for a place in this year's orchestra which performed a program of symphonic music in Sydney last week. The Grand Finale performance featured music and images projected on the interior and sails of the Sydney Opera House. The concert was conducted by Michael Tilson Thomas accompanied by projections by Obscura Digital and streamed live on YouTube, where it is still available to view.

Monday, 21 March 2011

Pyrmont, Life From A Suitcase

'Life From A Suitcase' is a sculpture that is located in the inner city suburb of Pyrmont. This life size, cast bronze sculpture was created by Terrance Plowright and unveiled in 2010. It was originally commissioned by Paul Signorelli to represent three generations of his family . It was gifted to Australia as a celebration of immigration. It is located at Pyrmont Wharves 12 and 13 which was Sydney's reserve passenger terminal until 1994 and where many immigrants in the 1950s and 1960s first stood on Australian soil. Immigrant Biaggio Signorelli, from Sicily in Italy, landed here in 1954 as did his wife to be, Filipa in 1963. They raised a large dynamic family that went on to grow Doltone House, a collection of event venues around Sydney including one here in the redeveloped wharf building behind the sculpture. Today is Harmony Day,  which celebrates the cohesive and inclusive nature of Australia and promotes the benefits of cultural diversity. It is celebrated annually on the United Nations International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination.

Sunday, 20 March 2011

Tarban Creek Bridge

The Tarban Creek Bridge carries Burns Bay Road over Tarban Creek, between the suburbs of Hunters Hill and Huntleys Point. Tarban Creek Bridge is a concrete arch bridge which opened in 1965. It formed a missing link between the Gladesville Bridge and Fig Tree Bridge. It was originally planned to form part of a north-western expressway, which was never built.

Saturday, 19 March 2011

Surry Hills, library and community centre

The Surry Hills Library and Community Centre is located on Crown Street, opposite Shannon Reserve. This iconic building, which was completed in 2009. features a high standard of design and sustainability. The southern facade is all glass, providing high levels of natural lighting throughout the building. The pedestrian mall and nature strip has been created by blocking off Collins Street to Crown Street.

Friday, 18 March 2011

Surry Hills, stack

This chimney stack rises above a former industrial building in the inner city suburb of Surry Hills. It dominates the skyline behind Shannon Reserve and is much taller than the chimney stacks on the residential terrace houses beside it. Surry Hills is a suburb that once contained a lot of heavy industry and manufacturing but has gone through gentrificaton, with many of the old buildings redeveloped. This stack is redundant now since the building is used for residential and commercial purposes.

Thursday, 17 March 2011

Surry Hills, restaurant

This former grocery shop with residential space above is in the inner city suburb of Surry Hills. This heritage building built in 1912 has now become an Italian restaurant known as Essenza Italian. It has been beautifully restored with an eye-catching colour scheme.

Wednesday, 16 March 2011

Campbells Cove, Greenhouse

'Greenhouse by Joost' is a temporary eco-friendly cafe with spectacular views, currently located at Campbells Cove in The Rocks. The building was created by artist Joost Bakker and built using recycled materials with an external wall covered in pot plants. Ingredients are grown on the rooftop garden, water is collected on site, waste is recycled and the generator runs on cooking oil.

Tuesday, 15 March 2011

Phillip Street, court house

This former court house is located on the corner of Albert Street and Phillip Street. This sandstone building was designed by colonial architect James Barnet and completed in 1886. It was built for use as a magistrates’ court and then later became a traffic court which remained in use until 1979. It is now part of the Justice and Police Museum along with the police station next door, that I featured yesterday.

Monday, 14 March 2011

Phillip Street, water police station

This sandstone building in Phillip Street was originally designed for the Water Police as a station and lock-up. It was designed by Alexander Dawson and built in 1858. It remained in continuous use for police purposes until 1985. It is now part of the Justice and Police Museum along with the court house next door, which I'll show tomorrow.

Sunday, 13 March 2011

Gladesville Bridge

Gladesville Bridge carries Victoria Road over the Parramatta River, between the suburbs of Drummoyne and Huntleys Point. Gladesville Bridge is a four-box pre-stressed concrete arch with a span of 305 metres. When it opened in 1964 it was the longest reinforced concrete arch span in the world. This bridge replaced an old two lane swing span iron bridge that had been built in 1881, which itself had replaced a ferry service that ran across the river. The new bridge was originally designed with six lanes but was expanded to eight lanes in the 1970s. This view is from the Gladesville Bridge Marina, located beside Five Dock Point at Drummoyne.
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Saturday, 12 March 2011

Friday, 11 March 2011

Henley, Parramatta River, sunset

The sun sets over the Parramatta River, where it snakes past the suburbs of Abbotsford and Henley. This view is from Howley Park which sits on Five Dock Point, in the inner west suburb of Drummoyne.

Thursday, 10 March 2011

Drummoyne, fire station

This fire station is located along Lyons Road, in the inner west suburb of Drummoyne. It was designed by Walter Liberty Vernon in 1910 and built in the Federation Arts and Crafts architectural style.

Wednesday, 9 March 2011

Mascot, runway and beach

This little beach on Botany Bay sits beside one of the north-south runways of Sydney Airport, in the eastern suburb of Mascot. This Qantas 747 is preparing to take off to the north, just at it passes by the airport control tower. The Socceroos is the nickname for Australia's national soccer team that is sponsored by Qantas and promoted on the side of this plane.

Tuesday, 8 March 2011

Powerhouse Museum, The 80s Are Back

An interactive, electronic, giant Rubik's Cube.
'The 80s Are Back' is an exhibition currently on display at the Powerhouse Museum at Ultimo. This exhibition, which explores Australian life and culture in the 1980s, has been one of the most popular and longest running in the museum's history. The fascination for this decade remains with a revival of much of its culture in recent years, that has lasted longer than the decade itself. It was a great nostalgic trip, revisiting styles and trends from the 1980s and their effect on music, film, television, fashion and design.

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