Thursday, 31 January 2013

Edgecliff, bank

This former bank building is located on New South Head Road, in the eastern suburb of Edgecliff. This art deco style building is now used as commercial premises by a medical centre and a photographic studio.

Wednesday, 30 January 2013

Randwick, St Jude's Fountain

St Jude's Fountain is located on the corner of Alison Road and Church Street, in the eastern suburb of Randwick. It was sculpted by Walter McGill and opened on 9 November 1866 as the first public water supply to this area. This sandstone fountain was originally fed by an underground spring and in 2000 had some conservation work done on it.

Tuesday, 29 January 2013

Rockdale, police station

This former police station is located in King Street, in the southern suburb of Rockdale. It was built in 1895 as a court and watch house and expanded in 1914. It was built in the Federation bungalow architectural style. Since the police station closed there had been plans to redevelop the site for yet another apartment block but local residents have managed to have preservation order placed on the building for now to eventually have it heritage listed.

Monday, 28 January 2013

Rockdale, town hall

Rockdale Town Hall is located on the corner of Princes Highway and Bryant Street, in the southern suburb of Rockdale. It was designed by Douglas Gardiner and built in 1940. It features art deco and inter-war architectural styles. It originally also contained the administrative offices of the local council but these were moved to a new building and the space is now used for a library.

Sunday, 27 January 2013

Circular Quay, flash mob

This flash mob performed outside the Museum of Contemporary Art, at Circular Quay on Friday. A flash mob is a group of people who assemble suddenly in a public place, perform an unusual and seemingly pointless act for a brief time, then quickly disperse, for the purpose of entertainment, satire, and artistic expression. These teenage girls were performing a medley of songs by British boy band One Direction. I happened to be walking past as they gathered and they were all gone within minutes. 

Saturday, 26 January 2013

Sydney Cove, Australia Day

Sydney Cove is the small bay on the southern shore of Sydney Harbour. This is the site of the historical landing place of the First Fleet on the 26th January 1788. Australia Day, which is Australia's national day, commemorates this arrival and the birth of the country of Australia. Sydney Cove was named after the British Home Secretary, Thomas Townshend, Lord Sydney. Today the cove is better known as Circular Quay and the city is known as Sydney.

Friday, 25 January 2013

Kings Cross, Stones Against The Sky

 "Stones Against The Sky" is a contemporary sculpture created by Ken Unsworth in 1998. It is installed in front of The Elan apartment building at Kings Cross, in the inner city suburb of Rushcutters Bay. This view is from the entrance of the building, looking towards the Sydney city skyline at sunset.

Thursday, 24 January 2013

Darling Harbour, Cockle Bay, Rubber Duck

"Rubber Duck" is a 15-metre high, inflatable artwork installed beside the Cockle Bay marina at Darling Harbour until yesterday. The  artwork was created by Dutch artist Florentijn Hofman for the Sydney Festival. This view towards Pyrmont Bridge was from the walkway beside the Western Distributor flyover above Darling Harbour.

Wednesday, 23 January 2013

Darling Harbour, Street Football Festival

This floating soccer pitch is on Cockle Bay at Darling Harbour. The Big Issue Street Football Festival is back for its third year with soccer players from all over Australia competing over 11 days in January. The festival is run by The Big Issue, a not-for-profit organisation that runs programs for homeless and disadvantaged people, such as a street magazine.

Tuesday, 22 January 2013

Darling Harbour, Curtain Call

"Curtain Call" is a bronze and timber sculpture created by Les Kossatz in 1987. It is located on the lawn outside the Exhibition Centre at Darling Harbour.

Monday, 21 January 2013

Darling Harbour, Rubber Duck

"Rubber Duck" is a gigantic inflatable artwork that has been installed in Cockle Bay, at Darling Harbour for the Sydney Festival, an annual event in January. This 15-metre or five-storey high artwork was created by Dutch artist Florentijn Hofman.

Sunday, 20 January 2013

Botanic Gardens, Linda da Chamonix

"Linda da Chamonix" is a marble statues which stands in the Royal Botanic Gardens, inspired by the lead character from the 1842 opera "Linda da Chamonix", by Gaetano Donizetti. It was made in Italy and installed in the Botanic Gardens in the 1880s. It is paired up with a statue of another character from the play "Sweep Boy" that I featured here.

Saturday, 19 January 2013

Georges River, Captain Cook Bridge


A flock of seagulls frolic in the water of the Georges River, off the sandy shore in the southern suburb of Sylvania. They are intrigued by a pelican swimming past in the distance, with the Captain Cook Bridge as a backdrop. 
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Friday, 18 January 2013

Sylvania, Georges River, sunset

The sun sets behind Sylvania and is reflected across the Georges River and back towards a private wharf at St Kilda Point, in the southern suburb of Sans Souci.

Thursday, 17 January 2013

Cronulla, Wanda Beach, tower

This lifesaver's tower is at Wanda Beach, the northernmost patrolled beach in the southern suburb of Cronulla. I posted a similar photo just a couple of weeks back at the same spot here. On this return visit, I was struck by the contrast and not just because the tower was open for business. It's amazing what a difference the weather makes on the sky and ocean, as well as the light at different times of day. I think these also fit in well with the City Daily Photo theme: Festival of the Belly Button, which requires some reflective introspection.

Wednesday, 16 January 2013

Botanic Gardens, fountain

This fountain is one of a matching pair located outside the Palace Garden Gate at the Royal Botanic Gardens. While they aren't the most elaborate fountains in the gardens, they are decorative.
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Tuesday, 15 January 2013

Botanic Gardens, Sweep Boy

"Sweep Boy" is one of a pair of marble statues which stand opposite each other in the Royal Botanic Gardens. They were inspired by characters from the 1842 opera "Linda da Chamonix", by Gaetano Donizetti. It is one of several statues made in Italy and installed in the Botanic Gardens in the 1880s.

Monday, 14 January 2013

Darlington, Institute Building

The Institute Building is located along City Road in the inner city suburb of Darlington. It was designed by architect Benjamin Backhouse and built in stages from 1870 to 1892 with additions by other architects continuing in 1912 and 1928. It was built in the Italianate architectural style but contains French Gothic style elements. It housed the NSW Institution for the Deaf, Dumb and Blind, the largest institution for deaf, dumb and blind children in Australia. It was acquired by the nearby Sydney University as part of the university's expansion beyond its original site.

Sunday, 13 January 2013

Elizabeth Bay, Beare Park, drinking fountain

This canopy drinking fountain is located in Beare Park, in the eastern suburb of Elizabeth Bay. It was one of eight highly ornamental drinking fountains brought to Sydney from Glasgow in 1870 but not all of them remain. It features an open bible with the versefrom John 4: 13-14: "Whosoever drinketh of this water shall thirst again: But whosoever drinketh of the water that I shall give him shall never thirst". It also features the City of Sydney coat of arms, specially cast for these Sydney fountains and the inscription: "Keep the pavement dry".

Saturday, 12 January 2013

Elizabeth Bay, marina

Elizabeth Bay Marina is located on Sydney Harbour, at the end of Ithaca Road beside Beare Park, in the eastern suburb of Elizabeth Bay. There is a cafe on the wharf, right on the water.

Friday, 11 January 2013

Lavender Bay, sunset

The sun sets behind the inner west suburb of Balmain. This view was from the north shore suburb of Milsons Point, on New Year's Eve, looking past Lavender Bay and McMahons Point. The boats and people had gathered to watch the fireworks over Sydney Harbour at 9pm and later at midnight.

Thursday, 10 January 2013

The Rocks, sign

This sign and lamp indicates the main entry to the historic neighbourhood of Sydney, known as The Rocks. It is located along George Street, next to First Fleet Park, at West Circular Quay. The Rocks was the original settlement area after the First Fleet arrived in 1788. In the distance you can just make out the sails of the Sydney Opera House.

Wednesday, 9 January 2013

Elizabeth Bay, esplanade

This esplanade runs along the edge of Beare Park beside Sydney Harbour, in the eastern suburb of Elizabeth Bay.

Tuesday, 8 January 2013

Elizabeth Bay, Del Rio

"Del Rio" is a harbourfront apartment block located along Billyard Avenue, in the eastern suburb of Elizabeth Bay. It was designed by J. Spencer Stansfield in 1928 in the Spanish Mission architectural style and is considered to be the instigator for the popularisation of the style in Sydney.

Monday, 7 January 2013

Elizabeth Bay, house

This harbourside mansion is located along Ithaca Road, in the eastern suburb of Elizabeth Bay. It sits alongside Beare Park with views of Sydney Harbour. The house was originally built in 1926, with later additions in 1928, using both Georgian Revival and Spanish Mission architectural styles. In 1978 it was strata titled as four apartments. 

Sunday, 6 January 2013

Beverley Park, Sunnyside

Sunnyside is a historic house on the corner of Princes Highway and Lacey Street, in the southern suburb of Beverley Park. This sandstone mansion was built around 1860 and was originally part of an 178 acre property. It has been used as a school and a boarding house but in recent years has became a private residence again and was restored.

Saturday, 5 January 2013

Sans Souci, wharf

As the sun sets behind Carss Park, the light is reflected across the waters of Kogarah Bay and the wet sand at low tide near this private boat shed and wharf, in the southern suburb of Sans Souci.

Friday, 4 January 2013

McMahons Point, sunset

This sunset view was from the north shore suburb of Milsons Point on New Year's Eve, looking towards McMahons Point and Balmain. Some early, low fireworks can be seen here detonated from a barge on Sydney Harbour.

Thursday, 3 January 2013

Cronulla, Wanda Beach, tower

The lifesaver's tower at Wanda Beach, the northernmost patrolled beach in the southern suburb of Cronulla.

Wednesday, 2 January 2013

Circular Quay

Sydney Harbour and the Sydney Harbour Bridge are the focal point of New Year's Eve celebrations. This view of ferries arriving and departing at Circular Quay ferry wharves is from the viewing deck above Circular Quay railway station. 

Tuesday, 1 January 2013

Milsons Point, New Year's Eve

This view of the New Year's Eve fireworks over the Sydney Harbour Bridge was from Bradfield Park, north of Sydney Harbour at Milsons Point. The fireworks on the bridge, around the city and above Sydney Harbour were again a spectacular sight.
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