Sunday, 19 May 2013

Balgowlah, The Norwegian Seamen's Church (Theme Day: Norwegian Constitution Day)

The The Norwegian Seamen's Church is located along White Street in the northern suburb of Balgowlah. Sjømannskirken - the Norwegian Church Abroad - was founded in 1864 and established to secure the moral and religious education of Scandinavian seafarers. This historic building known as "Whitehall", was built in the 1870s in the Victorian Rustic Gothic style and thought to be the oldest surviving house in Balgowlah. It was once the home of Australia's first prime minister Edmund Barton and was a private residence until it became a church in 2004.

20 comments:

  1. that is a crisp shadow on the roof top. excellent!!

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  2. Great photo but I was also interested in Australia's connection to Norwegian seafarers. My father-in-law's ancestors came from Norway and
    I think he would enjoy racing your post.

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  3. Neat shadows and interesting story here. Perfect for theme day.

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  4. lovely shot!!

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  5. Beautiful place with a colorful history.

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  6. What a beautiful old house. Glad to hear that Sjømannskirken is located there.

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  7. I had in mind to visit this church yesterday, Jim, until I did the calculations of the buses there and back, which made it into an all day journey. So glad you bit the bullet. The link to Edmund Barton is intriguing. Such a quaint little cottage to be built in the 1870s I guess Sydney was exploding all around the harbour at that time. My own grandfather, who I knew well, was born in 1879.

    Thanks for you contribution to our Norwegian Constitution Day.

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    1. No worries, Julie. I had planned to go there over the past few weekends but never got round it. Luckily, I managed a trip out that way yesterday. :)

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  8. What a beautiful composition, beautiful shadows ...!

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  9. I love the idea of trying to improve the moral and religious education of sailors. They must have been a rough old lot :) And they built a beautiful church for their community.

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  10. What a great find for the theme. Well done Jim.

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  11. well choosen angle for your shadow shot. :)

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  12. fascinating - would like to be there! Great shadow shot! Enjoy your day!

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  13. What a great house, I like how the shadow almost appears part of the structure!

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  14. This this is a very quaint church Jim.

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  15. Beautiful! I love the fence around it and I'm so glad you share the history of your subjects.

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