Tuesday, 31 May 2011

Chippendale, Co-Masonic Temple

This Co-Masonic Temple on Regent Street in the inner city suburb of Chippendale was built in 1898. It was originally the hall of the Wesleyan Methodist Church on this site. The church became St Alban's Liberal Catholic Church in 1918 and the Co-Masons bought the hall. The church closed in 1966, as the walls were becoming unstable and during demolition the south wall fell and wiped out most of the rear of the temple, later rebuilt. An unsuccessful development proposal was lodged in 2000 to demolish this building and replace it with a nine storey apartment block. Luckily it was decided that the temple is of historic significance due to its strong physical link to the Wesleyan Church and the Co-Masons. Co-Masonry or Co-Freemasonry is a form of Freemasonry which admits both men and women. In 2008, a successful redevelopment retained the temple for commercial use. A hall was demolished and replaced with more suitable residential buildings up to five storeys beside and behind the temple building.

Monday, 30 May 2011

Hyde Park Barracks

The Hyde Park Barracks is at the southern end of Macquarie Street. The building was designed by colonial architect Francis Greenway and constructed by the convict labour between 1818 and 1819. It was the principal barracks for male convicts in the state of New South Wales, providing lodgings for convicts working in government employment around Sydney. From 1848 it was a dormitory for newly arrived female immigrants. From 1887 to 1979, state government offices were based here and today it is a museum operated by the Historic Houses Trust.

Sunday, 29 May 2011

Drummoyne, Parramatta River, Old Gladesville Bridge

This sunset on the Parramatta River is viewed from what remains of the abutment of the first Gladesville Bridge at Howley Park in Drummoyne. The bridge replaced a ferry service that ran across the river from Abbotsford Point to Bedlam Point. It opened in 1881 and was a two lane swing span iron bridge, with a swing at this southern end that opened to allow through ferries, sailing boats and steamers with high funnels. By 1910, the electric tramway travelled across this bridge from the city to Ryde. The second Gladesville Bridge with a clearance of 30 metres was built nearby and opened in 1964.

Saturday, 28 May 2011

Parramatta River, sunset

The sun at sunset is reflected across the Parramatta River, viewed from the inner west suburb of Drummoyne towards Chiswick, Abbotsford and Henley.

Friday, 27 May 2011

Parramatta River, sunset

This sunset view of the Parramatta River is from the inner west suburb of Drummoyne. The riverside suburbs seen here are Chiswick and Abbotsford on the southern side, with Henley on the northern side.

Thursday, 26 May 2011

Bridge Lane, nightclub

The entrance to Fake nightclub is located in Bridge Lane. Fake Club is part of Tank nightclub which is in this redeveloped warehouse building. Quite a colourful sign and door for this otherwise drab laneway. Bridge Lane is almost deserted during the day but comes alive at night.

Wednesday, 25 May 2011

Woolloomooloo, Finger Wharf

The Woolloomooloo Finger Wharf on Wooloomooloo Bay is the largest timbered-piled building in the world. The wharf and warehouse on it were built in 1915 in the Edwardian architectural style and remained part of a working port until the 1970s. The warehouse building was redeveloped in the 1990s into a hotel and apartments, with restaurants along the boardwalk and a marina beside the wharf.

Tuesday, 24 May 2011

Redfern, St Andrew's Greek Orthodox Theological College

St Andrew's Greek Orthodox Theological College is located on Cleveland Street, in the inner city suburb of Redfern. It was founded in 1986 and is the only accredited Orthodox tertiary institution of its kind in the Southern Hemisphere. It is located beside the Cathedral of the Annunciation Of Our Lady Theotokos, a Greek Orthodox Church in Cleveland Street.

Monday, 23 May 2011

Redfern, Cathedral of the Annunciation Of Our Lady Theotokos

The Cathedral of the Annunciation Of Our Lady Theotokos is a Greek Orthodox Church on Cleveland Street, in the inner city suburb of Redfern. This bell tower and a corner turret are peeking above the trees that surround it. This heritage listed sandstone church was formerly St Paul's Anglican Church, built in 1848 and designed by Edmund Blacket.

Sunday, 22 May 2011

Walsh Bay, bridge

This small bridge on Walsh Bay at Dawes Point, links pier one to pier two at the Walsh Bay wharves. The orange & white banners and flags are for the 2011 Sydney Writers' Festival which has been running for the past week in many of the theatres and venues around the Walsh Bay precinct.

Saturday, 21 May 2011

Walsh Bay, crane

This crane on a barge seen here on the weekend moored on Walsh Bay at Dawes Point, between pier one and pier two, was being used for maintenance work around the Walsh Bay wharves on weekdays.

Friday, 20 May 2011

The Rocks, clock tower

This view is from the rooftop of the Glenmore Hotel at The Rocks. The clock tower rises above the Clocktower Square shopping centre and the autumn leaves of the trees in Argyle Street. This contemporary, but already dated design, seems quite out of place in an area full of heritage buildings such as the Museum of Contemporary Art partly seen in the background. The contemporary office buildings nearby, rising from Circular Quay into the city centre, might be a closer match.

Thursday, 19 May 2011

The Rocks, First Impressions, The Settlers

"First Impressions" is a sculpture located in Playfair Street in The Rocks. This sandstone relief was created by Bud Dumas in 1979 as a memorial to the convicts, soldiers and settlers who made up the original settlement at The Rocks. This side of the sculpture features "The Settlers". Australia's first eleven free immigrants landed in Sydney in 1793. 

Wednesday, 18 May 2011

Campbells Cove, wharf

The view from Campbells Cove wharf at The Rocks, out across Sydney Harbour and the Sydney Opera House. Campbells Cove is named after merchant Robert Campbell, who took up residence on land bought here in 1798, building warehouses and private wharves.

Tuesday, 17 May 2011

Museum Railway Station, Mark Foy's subway

This tiled wall of the pedestrian subway to Museum Railway station is located directly inside the station entrance that I featured yesterday. Mark Foy's is the name of the department store which was once located in building located above. This building was known as 'The Piazza' but is now known as the Downing Centre, which is used as a court house complex. The name has been retained for this subway and thankfully so has this beautiful tilework.
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Monday, 16 May 2011

Museum railway station, Mark Foy's entrance

This entrance to Museum Railway station was built in 1926. It is located outside the Downing Centre in Castlereagh Street which is a large court house complex that features local courts, district courts and a law library. The building once housed the Mark Foy's department store, whose name can feintly be seen above the entrance name, where the lettering has been removed but has left an imprint.

Sunday, 15 May 2011

Rozelle, Bridgewater Park

This walkway runs along the edge of Bridgewater Park, overlooking Iron Cove, in the inner west suburb of Rozelle.

Saturday, 14 May 2011

Rozelle, marina

This marina is located on Iron Cove, just east of the Iron Cove Bridge, off Bridgewater Park in the inner west suburb of Rozelle. The sun was setting on a crisp autumn day with the mostly clear sky providing some wonderful reflections in the water.

Friday, 13 May 2011

Anzac Bridge, sunset

Thursday, 12 May 2011

Botanic Gardens, Queen Elizabeth II Memorial

The Queen Elizabeth II Memorial is a sandstone wall in the Royal Botanic Gardens which was built to commemorate the location where Queen Elizabeth II first set foot on Australian soil in 1954. It was erected by the governments of the Commonwealth of Australia and the state of New South Wales. I suppose it shows how much the queen and the royal family were held in high regard in those days. It stands beside the Fleet Steps which were constructed in 1908 to welcome the Great White Fleet, American Navy's cruise around the world as a diplomatic mission of peace.

Wednesday, 11 May 2011

Botanic Gardens, Mirroring

"Mirroring" is a sculpture created by Danish artist Keld Moseholm in 1995. It is located beside the Twin Ponds in the Royal Botanic Gardens. This sculpture was the winner of Sculpture by the Sea in Sydney in 2010. It is part of a scheme begun this year to display the winners of that competition in the Botanic Gardens or adjoining Domain for ten years before being moved on to other public gardens.

Tuesday, 10 May 2011

Botanic Gardens, plants

The plants in this display in the Royal Botanic Gardens have changed throughout the year. It currently features cactuses and succulents.

Monday, 9 May 2011

Botanic Gardens, Autumn

'Autumn' is a Victorian era sculpture located in the Royal Botanic Gardens. It is one of the 'Four Seasons' statues that adorn the Palace Gardens Steps. They were shipped from Italy in 1883 from the studio of Charles Francis Summers, an Australian-born sculptor living in Rome, to replace statues lost after the Garden Palace burnt down. They had been originally located here but in later years were separated and distributed around the gardens. Some lost vital body parts and adornments but Australian sculptor Jacek Luszczyk restored them by recreating missing parts. The restored statues were unveiled in their original location in 2010. 'Spring' and 'Summer' are at the top of the steps, with 'Autumn' and 'Winter' at the bottom.

Sunday, 8 May 2011

Botanic Gardens, flying foxes

The grey-headed and black flying-foxes, otherwise known as fruit bats, are common in the Royal Botanic Gardens. Flying foxes are nocturnal mammals that can be seen roosting in the trees in the middle of the day. The grey-headed flying foxes have the largest body size of all bats with a maximum wingspan of one metre. They like to eat the nectar and pollen of eucalypts and other native trees, such as paperbarks and banksias. They also like eating rainforest fruits, such as figs and lilly pilly berries. The colony is damaging rare trees here and there are now plans to relocate them at great cost.

Saturday, 7 May 2011

Botanic Gardens, Mare and Foal

Mare and Foal is a sculpture by French artist, Arthur Jacques Le Duc located in the Royal Botanic Gardens. This bronze sculpure of La Reyna and her foal was purchased in 1891 and donated to the Royal Botanic Gardens in 1958.

Friday, 6 May 2011

Sydney Harbour, sunset

This sunset view of Sydney Habour, looking towards the Sydney Opera House and the Sydney Harbour Bridge, was taken from Mrs Macquarie's Point last Sunday.

Thursday, 5 May 2011

Government House, sundial

This sundial beside the driveway is dwarfed by these trees in the grounds of Government House, in the Royal Botanic Gardens.

Wednesday, 4 May 2011

Government House, bench

This bench on the grounds of Government House overlooks the Royal Botanic Gardens and out towards Mrs Macquarie's Chair and across Sydney Harbour.

Tuesday, 3 May 2011

Australian Museum

The Australian Museum is located at the edge of the city, in the inner city suburb of Darlinghurst. The Barnet Wing was opened in 1868, designed by colonial architect Alexander Dawson in the Neo Classicism architectural style. It features the main entrance of the museum from College Street, opposite Hyde Park. It was an extension of the Lewis Wing built in 1852 in William Street.

Monday, 2 May 2011

Redfern, Strawberry Hills, post office

This Strawberry Hills business centre post office is located on the ground floor of the Australia Post state headquarters, in the inner city suburb of Redfern. The wall-mounted post office boxes are located outside, running along the walls of two passageways on either side of this unit. The architectural style and colour of the unit is typical of the 1980s, which is when the Prince Alfred Park Building was built. A sign of these times is the number of vacant post office boxes flagged by the red and white advertisment signs indicating which ones are available to rent.

Sunday, 1 May 2011

Redfern, Strawberry Hills, post office (Theme Day: Mailbox)

These mailboxes are located outside the Strawberry Hills post office in the inner city suburb of Redfern. The red Australia Post mailbox is for standard letters and packages sent anywhere in the world, while the gold Express Post mailbox is for mail sent in special Express Post envelopes which for an additional cost are guaranteed next day delivery to certain parts of Australia. 
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