Tuesday, 10 April 2012

The Rocks, Suez Canal

This sandstone paved laneway in The Rocks is known as Suez Canal. The name is supposedly a pun on "sewers canal", from the 19th century when it was an unsavoury place haunted by prostitutes and larrikins, with water cascading down when it rained. This view is from Harrington Street, as the lane narrows to George Street from the junction at Nurses Walk.

20 comments:

  1. Nice laneway shot Jim, looks a little less notorious than the old days yeh! Great bit of history with the image.

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  2. Ah, yes lovely to walk in The Rocks, Jim. Great shot.

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  3. A great little lane-way Jim .... Very neat and tidy.

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  4. What a great place, Jim, and wonderful capture and I love the history! Hope you have a good week!

    Sylvia

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  5. Such a clean and sunny place now! How times change!

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  6. Where many feet have trod while new footsteps wonder on past mysteries. Looks like a a pocket laden with many secrets!

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  7. good day. discovered your site via Google. this is the best. take care. Jason

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  8. Interesting how the alley got its name.

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  9. Lovely capture, and I like how you lead our eye down the path.

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  10. A narrow street with a surprising name.

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  11. Looks like it has improved immensely over the years! :))

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  12. Mostly good places turn bad in a city. Good to know it can also turn around!

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  13. me mum amd dad went to Sydney in their late 50s, says my mum, lets go to the red light area, everybody who visit Sydney is taken there by the tourists. ( They self travelers.)
    Mum went in and came out as fast.

    Old fashioned Chinese mum, "Did their mum teach them anything?"

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  14. Ann, by the late 1950s, that would probably have been Kings Cross around the suburbs of Potts Point and Darlinghurst.

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