Thursday, 24 May 2012

Watsons Bay, obelisk

This stone obelisk stands beside Robertson Park, in the eastern suburb of Watsons Bay. It marks the end of the construction of the road from the city to South Head and reads: "VIII Miles from Sydney. This Road made By Subscription Was compleated in ten Weeks from the 25 of march 1811 By 21 Soldiers of His Majesty 73 Reghiment". Meanwhile, a flying fox has met an unfortunate end and hangs from the power lines in the background.

19 comments:

  1. Lovely light and colour in thid photo Jim.

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  2. Interesting monument with excellent lighting. What the heck is a flying fox?

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  3. Pat, a flying fox is a type of bat, native to Australia.

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  4. Love the obelisk! Too bad for the flying fox.

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  5. an interesting landmark. the light is beautiful.

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  6. Beautiful light on the historical monument.

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  7. The obelisk might be a bit lumpen, but it certainly stood the test of time. No erosion, no chips broken off, no fading.

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  8. These are a great idea, might be a bit hard to read as you zoom past at 60kmh!

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  9. Great find Jim, the Obelisk that is, not the Flying Fox.

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  10. A cool historic sign! Love the light on it too, it's almost glowing. :)

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  11. That is one serious monument! And, ten weeks to build a road eight miles - amazing work!

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  12. Love the mellow colour of this beautiful church. I would like to see the ceiling, - our son has made wooden rings from kauri - very beautiful.

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  13. Obelisk is a new word for me. Nice to see an image to go with it. Nice background story as well.

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  14. Great to see vintage treasures like this maintained in the community, sad day for the flying fox.

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  15. Oh no Jim, the flying fox has come to the end of his road too!

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  16. Interesting way of looking at it, Grace. :)

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