Friday, 30 September 2011

Anzac Bridge, sunset

An array of colours in this sunset over the inner west suburbs of Annandale and Leichhardt, viewed from the Anzac Bridge.

Thursday, 29 September 2011

Pendle Hill, shopping centre

The shopping centre on Pendle Way in the western suburb of Pendle Hill. This is typical of a western suburb shopping centre, located close to a railway station. The buildings and structures on the industrial properties, on the other side of the railway track, dominate the skyline.  

Wednesday, 28 September 2011

Rydalmere, ferry wharf

This ferry wharf, on the northern side of the Parramatta River, is in the north western suburb of Rydalmere. A regular service is provided by RiverCat ferries, part of Sydney Ferries, on the Parramatta River route. Sometimes, due to flooding or natural low tides in the shallow waters of upper Parramatta River, some trips between Parramatta and Rydalmere are replaced by buses.

Tuesday, 27 September 2011

Parramatta, Sentry Box

This contemporary artwork is located on the Parramatta River foreshore, near the Gasworks Bridge, in the western suburb of Parramatta. “Sentry Box” was created by historian Michael Flynn with artists Susan Milne and Greg Stonehouse in 2009. This 8-metre high sculpture is a reinterpretation of a small wooden sentry box which stood near this location, in the early days of the colony. The red coat soldiers were stationed on the river at the entry to Parramatta where they watched over the river and were responsible for keeping order and disciplining convicts.

Monday, 26 September 2011

Camellia, median strip

This median strip separates opposing lanes of traffic of the Grand Avenue, in the western suburb of Camellia. It is landscaped, planted with trees and features these decorative rocks which recreate Aboriginal rock engravings. This group of rocks features emus and emu eggs.

Sunday, 25 September 2011

Parramatta, Gasworks Bridge

The Gasworks Bridge carries Macarthur Street over the Parramatta River in the western suburb of Parramatta. This iron lattice bridge on sandstone pylons was completed in 1885 and acquired the name due to the proximity of the gasworks that once occupied the block southeast of the bridge. The south side of the bridge was the site of Howell's wind and watermill, built in 1828 and used until 1868.

Saturday, 24 September 2011

Parramatta, ferry wharf

This ferry wharf, on the southern side of the Parramatta River, serves the western suburb of Parramatta. A regular service is provided by RiverCat ferries on the Parramatta River route between here and Circular Quay. It is the farthest point of travel for Sydney Ferries on the river route, since a weir next to it prevents further travel upstream.

Friday, 23 September 2011

Oatlands, folly

This folly or rotunda is located in the grounds of Oatlands House, in the north western suburb of Oatlands. A folly is an extravagant decorative structure designed more for artistic expression than practicality. The wrought iron lacework on top looks brilliant against a blue sky.

Thursday, 22 September 2011

Oatlands, house

Oatlands House, located in the north west suburb of Oatlands, is one of the earliest homes in the district. Built in the 1830s by Captain Percy Simpson, the name appears to be taken from Oatlands Park in England, which was close to the lands of Lord Dundas, for whom the neighbouring suburb of Dundas was named. This area had actually been known as West Dundas until 1991 when Oatlands was defined as a new suburb. Oatlands House is now used as function centre, with magnificent gardens and the surrounding land forming the Oatlands Golf Course.

Wednesday, 21 September 2011

Oatlands, golf club

This fountain is located outside the Oatlands Golf Club, in the north western suburb of Oatlands. The Oatlands Golf Course, which was opened in 1931, is known for such annual events as the NSW Women's Open Championship.  

Tuesday, 20 September 2011

Ultimo, Sydney Technical College

The Sydney Technical College building, which is part of the Sydney Institute of TAFE (Technical and Further Education), is located along Mary Ann Street in the inner city suburb of Ultimo. Built in 1891, it was designed by William Kemp in the Federation Romanesque architectural style. The brick and terracocotta construction is adorned with Australian ornamental plants and animals such as such as waratahs, kangaroos, wombats, echidnas, platypuses and lizards.

Monday, 19 September 2011

Ultimo, The Muse

The Muse is an exhibition space at the Sydney Institute of TAFE (Technical and Further Education), in the inner city suburb of Ultimo. It was designed by William Kemp in the American Romanesque and Queen Anne Revival architectural styles and first opened in 1893 as the Technology Museum. It housed the contents of Australia’s first international exhibition of industry from around the world. The contents of this exhibition were later relocated to the Museum of Applied Arts and Sciences which is now the Powerhouse Museum. It is best viewed in the winter months when the leaves have fallen off the trees.

Sunday, 18 September 2011

The Rocks, Australian Steamship Navigation Company building

This small road bridge at The Rocks carries Elevated Road from Hickson Road to the Overseas Passenger Terminal at Circular Quay. The road is glistening at night after a rain shower with the Australian Steamship Navigation Company building on the left and another redeveloped warehouse building in the background.

Saturday, 17 September 2011

Tank Stream Bar, Tank Stream Way

Tank Stream Bar is a small laneway bar in Tank Stream Way. The settlement of Sydney was centred on the Tank Stream, which was a stream of fresh water that emptied into Sydney Cove. It was covered in the mid 1800s but still flows beneath the city and this laneway as part of the stormwater system.

Friday, 16 September 2011

Port Jackson, harbour pilot

harbour pilot boat makes its way sunset across Port Jackson. The harbour pilots are used to guide ships through the appropriate channels to their designated berths within a port. This view is from Millers Point, with Barangaroo in the foreground. Across the harbour are the suburbs of Balmain East, Birchgrove, Greenwich and Goat Island.

Thursday, 15 September 2011

Botany, Sir Joseph Banks Park, sculpture

The Sir Joseph Banks Park is located in the eastern suburb of Botany. The Sir Joseph Banks Pleasure Gardens, which are part of the park, were the main attraction of the old Sir Joseph Banks Hotel in the 19th Century. In the 1840s and 1850s the Sir Joseph Banks Zoological and Botanical Gardens at this site featured the colony's first zoo with such animals such as kangaroos, elephants, tigers, bears camels and gorillas. It is commemorated by these large contemporary sculptures of elephants and sculptured life-sized, life-like cement zoo animals in a children's playground.

Wednesday, 14 September 2011

Botany, Sir Joseph Banks Park, sculpture


Sir Joseph Banks Park is a 28 hectare park in the eastern suburb of Botany. It is made up of Foreshore Reserve and the Sir Joseph Banks Pleasure Gardens. The gardens were the main attraction of the old Sir Joseph Banks Hotel in the 19th Century. This lifesize bronze statue of Sir Joseph Banks in the park, depicts him examining botanical specimens. Joseph Banks was a naturalist on the expedition of the Endeavour led by James Cook that explored the eastern coast of Australia in 1770 and landed at nearby Botany Bay.

Tuesday, 13 September 2011

Botany, Sir Joseph Banks Pleasure Gardens

The Sir Joseph Banks Pleasure Gardens are located in the eastern suburb of Botany. They were the main attraction of the old Sir Joseph Banks Hotel in the 19th Century. From 1845 through to the 1910, the hotel and its famed pleasure gardens were Australia's equivalent of a European spa resort. It was bought by entrepreneur Frank Smith in 1884 by who set up famous running races from 1884-92. When the hotel was sold in the 1920s and much of the land subdivided, the remnant gardens became a public park. In 1988, an interpretative recreation of the former gardens was created featuring a sports oval, thematic gardens, a maze and pergolas. Structures in the park include this arbour and formal terrace.

Monday, 12 September 2011

Botany, Sir Joseph Banks Hotel

The Sir Joseph Banks Hotel is located in Anniversary Street,  in the eastern suburb of Botany, beside the Sir Joseph Banks Pleasure Grounds. The original two storey building, known as the Banks Inn, was begun in 1840 by Thomas Kellet and J Drew, in the Georgian architectural style. By the 1850s it had developed gardens, a private zoo and provision for outdoor sports. It became a popular weekend and holiday pleasure ground. About 1860, a further single storey wing was added to the east and around 1870, the north wing was added in the Victorian Italianate style, heavily ornamented with slab, parapets and two storey cast iron verandas. In 1920, the license was transferred to a new hotel with the same name, built on Botany Road. In 1926 the complex was sold and the hotel was converted into apartments.

Sunday, 11 September 2011

Botanic Gardens, Pyramid Glasshouse

The Sydney Tropical Centre in the Royal Botanic Gardens, comprises of this Pyramid glasshouse and the Arc Glasshouse. The Deutshe Bank Place building is the skyscraper that rises in the background.

Saturday, 10 September 2011

Botanic Gardens, Arc Glasshouse

The Sydney Tropical Centre in the Royal Botanic Gardens, comprises of this Arc Glasshouse and the Pyramid glasshouse. The Arc was opened in 1990 with a linking underground foyer to the Pyramid Glasshouse which had been opened in 1972. Both glass structures house displays of tropical plants. The glass office buildings rising in the background are located along Phillip Street or Macquarie Street.

Friday, 9 September 2011

Botanic Gardens, Wurrungwuri

A view of the Wurrungwuri” sculpture in the Royal Botanic Gardens, looking towards Farm Cove on Sydney Harbour and a sky filled with clouds above.

Thursday, 8 September 2011

Botanic Gardens, Wurrungwuri

Wurrungwuri” is a sculpture created by Chris Booth at the Royal Botanic Gardens and unveiled in 2011. The Aboriginal name, Wurrungwuri, means “this side - on this side of the water”. The sculpture consists of two parts. This part is built from 16,000 threaded quartz pebbles, in the pattern of a rare Aboriginal Shield, the "Sydney Shield", after gaining permission from Allen Madden on behalf of the Cadigal people. The Johnson Estate Sculpture was a gift to Sydney by a keen art lover, who committed the bulk of his estate for a sculpture overlooking Sydney Harbour.

Wednesday, 7 September 2011

Botanic Gardens, Wurrungwuri

“Wurrungwuri” is a sculpture created by Chris Booth at the Royal Botanic Gardens and unveiled in 2011. The Aboriginal name, Wurrungwuri, means “this side - on this side of the water”. The sculpture consists of two parts. This part is a wave-like sandstone form which appears to emerge from the bedrock below Government House to cascade down the lawn towards Sydney Harbour. It is an evolving piece of art where native flora and fauna can make it their home, while it pays deep respect to the Cadigal, the traditional Aboriginal custodians. The Johnson Estate Sculpture was a gift to Sydney by a keen art lover, who committed the bulk of his estate for a sculpture overlooking Sydney Harbour.

Tuesday, 6 September 2011

Botanic Gardens, Vista Pavilion

The Vista Pavilion is an octagonal shelter pavilion located in the Royal Botanic Gardens. It was designed by Government Architect Walter Vernon and built in 1907.
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Monday, 5 September 2011

Government House, The Lodge

The Lodge is a sandstone cottage that stands beside the Government House Gate entrance of the Royal Botanic Gardens, leading to Government House. It was designed by Mortimer Lewis in the Gothic architectural style, as an exact copy of one of the lodges at the entrance gates of the Royal Park at Windsor Castle in the United Kingdom. The sandstone cottage was built in 1846 as the guardhouse of Government House and was originally sited at the main entrance on Macquarie Street. It moved to its present location in 1915 when the stables were converted to the Conservatorium of Music.

Sunday, 4 September 2011

Government House

Government House is located alongside the Royal Botanic Gardens, overlooking Sydney Harbour. It was formerly the official residence, and remains the official reception space, of the Governor of New South Wales. It was designed by Edward Blore, in the Gothic revival architectural style. Building commenced in 1837 with Governor George Gipps becoming the first resident in 1845. It is now managed by the Historic Houses Trust of New South Wales as a museum. A view in the opposite direction can be seen here.

Saturday, 3 September 2011

Circular Quay, Sydney Harbour Bridge

The Overseas Passenger Terminal, the Sydney Harbour Bridge and the Friendship, a First Fleet Class ferry at the Circular Quay ferry wharves, provide plenty of reflections in Sydney Harbour.

Friday, 2 September 2011

AMP Building, Alfred Street

The AMP Building is a skyscraper in Alfred Street, close to Circular Quay. This was Sydney's first highrise to take advantage of the lifting of the 46 metre (150 feet) height limit which was enforced until 1957. Built in 1962, it is 115 metres tall and dominated the city's skyline for many years. It originally had a rooftop observation deck at 106 metres high.

Thursday, 1 September 2011

AMP Building, sculpture (Theme Day: Perspective)

"Amicus Certus" is a sculpture created by Tom Bass in 1960 which is located on the side of the AMP building on Alfred Street. The full motto of the Australian Mutual Provident Society is "amicus certus in re incerta" which means "a sure friend in an uncertain event". This perspective gives a view of the entrance and also a sense of the curve of the building's facade.
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