Sunday 31 May 2015

Liverpool, St Lukes Anglican Church

St Lukes Anglican Church is located at the corner of Northumberland Street and Elizabeth Drive, in the south western suburb of Liverpool. This heritage listed church claims to be the oldest Anglican church in Australia. It was designed by convict architect Francis Greenway and competed in 1819 in the Georgian architectural style.

Saturday 30 May 2015

Kyeemagh, pontoon

This floating pontoon is located on the Cooks River, in the southern suburb of Kyeemagh. This is one of two pontoons that are positioned on either side of a boat ramp, off Boat Ramp Reserve. Sydney Airport is on the northern shore of the river.

Friday 29 May 2015

Rushcutters Bay

A sunset view across Rushcutters Bay and Elizabeth Bay towards the Sydney Harbour Bridge. This view is from Yarranabbe Park, in the eastern suburb of Darling Point.

Thursday 28 May 2015

Banksia, mural

The wall outside the railway station, in the southern suburb of Banksia, features a colourful mural which incorporates a flow of stainless steel Banksia leaves. The concept was developed by Ruth Downes and Geoff Webster. The plant and the suburb, are named after Joseph Banks, a naturalist along with Daniel Solander, on the expedition of the Endeavour led by James Cook. They explored the eastern coast of Australia in 1770 and landed at nearby Botany Bay. The first and last leaves are inscribed with the following quotes from their journals. "The great quantity of plants Mr Banks and Dr Solander found in this place occasioned my giving it the name Botany Bay" James Cook - May 1770. "Of Plants in general the countrey afforded a far larger variety than its barren appearance seemed to promise" Joseph Banks - August 1770.

Wednesday 27 May 2015

La Perouse, Bare Island

This view of Bare Island is from the eastern suburb of La Perouse. The island is located at the mouth of Botany Bay and is linked by a wooden bridge. It features a historic military fort and tunnels built in 1885 to protect Sydney from sea attack when it was feared an invasion from Russia was imminent.

Tuesday 26 May 2015

Glebe, town hall

Glebe Town Hall is located on St Johns Road between Vernon Street and Lodge Street, in the inner west suburb of Glebe. It was designed by Ambrose Thornley Jr in the Victorian Free Classical architectural style and built in 1891. The Municipality of Glebe was merged with Leichhardt Council in 1968 but the building continues to be used as a community and function centre.

Monday 25 May 2015

Redfern, mural

This mural of the Aboriginal flag is on the wall of a gym, in the inner city suburb of Redfern. It was painted in 2000 to bring people together and reaffirm ownership of Aboriginal people's part of Sydney. It gradually becoming more exposed as derelict houses around it were knocked down, which had been known as "The Block". The gym is also slated for demolition and will be redeveloped with student accommodation, open space and affordable housing but there are plans to reproduce the mural. The symbolic meaning of the flag colours are: black represents the Aboriginal people of Australia, red represents the red earth, the red ochre and a spiritual relation to the land and yellow represents the Sun, the giver of life and protector.

Sunday 24 May 2015

Saturday 23 May 2015

Pyrmont, Darling Island

This view towards the Sydney skyline is from Darling Island, in the inner city suburb of PyrmontSydney Tower can be seen in the distance with the MLC Centre reflected in one of the office buildings. Darling Island was levelled and joined to the mainland with hewn rock in the late 1840s when it became home to shipbuilding yards. The wharf warehouses here have been redeveloped into apartments and offices.

Friday 22 May 2015

Pyrmont, bridge and flats

A glimpse of the southern pylon of the Anzac Bridge between a sandstone cliff and an apartment block on the edge of Waterfront Park, in the inner west suburb of Pyrmont. The "Evolve' apartment building is built to take advantage of the views of White Bay.

Thursday 21 May 2015

Broadway, Grace Brothers department store

This building is part of the former Grace Brothers department store located along Broadway on the corner of Bay Street, in the inner city suburb of Ultimo. It was built in 1923 in the Federation/Edwardian architectural style to match the original building across the road built in 1904. Grace Brothers vacated their Broadway store in 1992 and the buildings were restored and redeveloped in 1998. The 1904 building became part of The Broadway Shopping Centre, a shopping mall with retail space, cinemas and restaurants. This 1923 building is now UniLodge, student accommodation for the nearby University of Sydney and also contains retail space and restaurants.

Tuesday 19 May 2015

The Rocks, The Beacon

"The Beacon" is a sculpture which is located in First Fleet Park at The Rocks, near Circular Quay. It was created by Robert Klippel in 1992 to commemorate the 150th anniversary of the first meeting of the Sydney City Council.

Thursday 14 May 2015

The Rocks, hostel

The Sydney Harbour Youth Hostels Association (YHA) backpacker hostel is located along Cumberland Street at The Rocks. Sydney Harbour YHA and The Big Dig Archaeology Education Centre are located above 'The Big Dig' site, between Cumberland and Gloucester streets, where structural remains dating from around 1795 with over a million artefacts found since excavations began in 1994. The buildings, designed by Tzannes Associates, use a lightweight steel structure which are supported above the archaeological remains, allowing visual access to most of the site at ground level. The louvred semi-transparent screens interpret the former facades of the houses of which the footings are visible.

Wednesday 13 May 2015

Circular Quay, ferry

This view of the Circular Quay ferry wharf and ferries is from the Circular Quay railway station platform. The Lady Herron is a Lady Class ferry is part of the Sydney Ferries fleet operated by Harbour City Ferries. The Lady Herron was acquired in 1979 and is named after Lady Emily Herron, the wife of chief justice Sir Leslie James Herron.

Tuesday 12 May 2015

Dolls Point, Primrose House

Primrose House is located on the corner of Russell Avenue and Malua Street, in the southern suburb of Dolls Point. It was built in 1891 in the Victorian style and was originally the Scarborough Hotel. It became a convalescent hospital for war wounded from 1913 and was then bought by the charity Dr Barnardos Homes to house orphans and abandoned children. It was renamed after it was purchased by St George District Hospital in 1936, whose chairman was Kogarah solicitor Herman B. Primrose.

Monday 11 May 2015

Redfern, mural

This mural featuring Aboriginal art runs along the wall of the railway line, opposite the entrance to Redfern railway station, in the inner city suburb of Redfern. The word Eora means 'here' or 'from this place'. It was used by local Aboriginal people to describe to the British where they came from and so the word was then used to define the Aboriginal people themselves. 'Eora Country' is the name used to describe Central Sydney.

Sunday 10 May 2015

Saturday 9 May 2015

The Rocks, Sirius

The Sirius building is an apartment complex at The Rocks. It was designed by Tao Gofers in the Brutalist architectural style and built in 1979. This view is from the Sydney Harbour Bridge with Sydney Harbour in the distance. The complex was built to house public tenants and is notable for being the only high rise development in The Rocks.
Linked to: Weekend Reflections

Friday 8 May 2015

Sydney Harbour, stack

This view of Sydney Harbour towards the Sydney Opera House is from the walkway along the Sydney Harbour Bridge. The giant chimney stack belongs to the former electricity power station, mining museum and chemical laboratory at The Rocks.

Thursday 7 May 2015

Haymarket, Market City

Market City is located along Hay Street, in the inner city suburb of Haymarket. The complex contains a produce and flea market known as Paddy's Markets on the ground floor, the Market City shopping centre on three levels and a skyscraper apartment building above called The Peak. Sydney's produce markets were originally located here until 1980 when they moved to the western suburb of Flemington. The Vegetable Market building was built in 1909 in the Edwardian architectural style and the façade was preserved and restored for this redevelopment.
Linked to: Signs, Signs

Wednesday 6 May 2015

Barangaroo, The SubWharfyen

The SubWharfyen is a sculpture located on the end of piers 8 & 9 of Sydney Wharf, in the inner city suburb of Pyrmont. This stainless steel sculpture, created by Braddon Snape in 2008, depicts the relationship between people and the sea. Looking across Darling Harbour towards the Sydney skyline is Barangaroo, an area which is currently being redeveloped. This photo was taken when redevelopment work just began and it is currently still being transformed with many new high rise buildings under construction.

Monday 4 May 2015

Camperdown, Footbridge Theatre

The Footbridge Theatre is located along Parramatta Road and part of the University of Sydney campus, in the inner city suburb of Camperdown. It was designed by John Roberts and built in 1961 in the International Modern architectural style. It was built for the Sydney University Union and was originally known as the Union Theatre. The sculpture panel was created by Lyndon Dadswell and added in 1962, titled 'University Life'. The theatre was renamed the Footbridge Theatre in 1981.

Sunday 3 May 2015

Bexley, Congregational Church

This Congregational Church is located on the corner of Forest Road and Wood Street, in the southern suburb of Bexley. It was designed by Harry Foskett and built in 1927 in the Inter War architectural style.

Saturday 2 May 2015

Hyde Park Barracks, Irish Famine Memorial

The Australian Monument to the Great Irish Famine (1845-1852) is located at the Hyde Park Barracks, along Macquarie Street. The Hyde Park Barracks were originally built to house male convicts in 1818 but were adapted in 1848 to house refugees. The monument commemorates a special emigration scheme designed to resettle over 4,000 destitute girls from the workhouses of Ireland in Australia between 1848 and 1850. This memorial features a dislocated sandstone wall and two glass panels inscribed with the names of 400 of these girls. A table cast in bronze, split in two on either side of the wall, has a simple table with a bowl on one end and a simple institutional table setting with utensils on the other end. It represents an element of continuity and a link between the two sides of the lives of those who immigrated.

Friday 1 May 2015

Queen Victoria Building, Great Australian Clock (Theme Day: Revolution)

The Great Australian Clock hangs from the glass ceiling of the Queen Victoria Building. This animated clock was designed and made by Chris Cook and features 138 figures and 33 scenes from Australian history seen from both Aboriginal and European perspectives. An Aboriginal hunter and a sailing ship circle the exterior of the clock continuously, representing the never-ending passage of time. The Queen Victoria Building was designed by George McRae and completed in 1898 in the Romanesque architectural style. It was restored in 1986 and now houses retail shops, cafés, and restaurants.
Linked to: Skywatch Friday, Theme Day.
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