Thursday 31 March 2016

Glebe, St John's Parish Hall

St John's Parish Hall is located on the corner of St Johns Road and Derwent Street, in the inner west suburb of Glebe. It was designed by Edward Halloran and built in 1897 in the Federation Free architectural style. It is also known as the Record Reign Hall since it was built to commemorate the diamond jubilee of the accession Queen Victoria to the throne. St John's Anglican Church, built in 1870, stands on the opposite side of the road.

Wednesday 30 March 2016

Double Bay, Murray Rose Pool

Murray Rose Pool is an enclosed swimming area on Sydney Harbour, in the eastern suburb of Double Bay. This pool, previously known as Redleaf Pool, was renamed in honour of Olympic gold medal swimmer Murray Rose in August 2012. There are two pontoons floating in the middle of the pool. A kiosk and cafe sit behind the sandy beach, which can be accessed from New South Head Road.

Tuesday 29 March 2016

Darlinghurst, National Art School

The National Art School is located on the site of the former Darlinghurst Gaol, in the eastern suburb of Darlinghurst. The walls of the prison were built by convicts in 1824 and work began on the prison buildings in 1835 in the Victorian Regency architectural style, which took 50 years to complete. It was used as a gaol (jail) from 1941 and was the main Sydney penitentiary up until 1914, when inmates were transferred to Long Bay, a new 'model prison' at Malabar. The New South Wales Department of Education adapted the buildings for use as the East Sydney Technical College in 1921 and by 2005 was solely occupied by the National Art School.

Monday 28 March 2016

The Galeries, mural

This stained glass mural is located above one of the Pitt Street entrances at "The Galeries" shopping centre, below the Citigroup Centre office block. It was created in 2000 by Marc Grunsiet depicting a map of a serpentine landmass surrounded by ocean, simultaneously viewed from various perspectives and levels of magnification, referring to a range of Australian environments populated by surreal fauna.

Saturday 26 March 2016

Botanic Gardens, Main Pond, sculpture

The view across Main Pond in the Royal Botanic Gardens towards the Sydney skyline. "Palm" is the sculpture in the garden bed, beside the walkway, created in 1999 by Bronwyn Oliver. The artist also created another sculpture nearby in the gardens called "Magnolia".

Friday 25 March 2016

Gordon, school

The former Gordon Public School is located along the Pacific Highway in the northern suburb of Gordon. This sandstone building was designed by George Mansfield in the Gothic Revival architectural style and constructed in 1878, with a second block added in 1912. The school closed in 1989 and this building now houses a small museum known as the Headmaster’s Office Museum, the Ku-ring-gai Historical Society Research Centre and the Gordon Library Meeting Rooms.

Thursday 24 March 2016

Cronulla, ferry wharf

This shelter is located near Cronulla ferry wharf on Gunnamatta Bay, in the southern suburb of Cronulla. It is serviced by Cronulla and National Park Ferry Cruises which provides regular ferry services across Port Hacking estuary between Croulla and Bundeena, on the edge of the Royal National Park.
Linked to: Signs, SignsGood Fences.

Tuesday 22 March 2016

Centennial Park, Paddington Gates

Paddington Gates is an entrance to Centennial Park located on the corner Oxford Street and Lang Road, providing access from the eastern suburb of Paddington. The five sandstone columns with cast iron gates were designed by Government Architect, Walter Liberty Vernon for the park's official dedication in 1888, Australia's centenary of European settlement. A plaque on the on the central column celebrates this event.

Monday 21 March 2016

Sunday 20 March 2016

Centennial Park, Griffin

This is one of two mythical Griffin sculptures located in Centennial Park, in the eastern suburbs. The griffins guard each side of Parkes Drive, the main entry road leading down from Paddington Gates. The original statues which were installed in the 1890s, were manufactured by Villeroy and Boch and made of ceramic. They had eroded and were missing details by the time they were removed in 1971. The restored sculptures were reinstated in 2005 on the same on sandstone plinths. Although referred to as griffins, these sculptures are actually a "gryphonic" hybrid because true griffins have the face, beak, talons and wings of an eagle and the body of a lion. The other Griffin can be seen here.

Friday 18 March 2016

Centennial Park, statue, Sir Henry Parkes

This statue of Sir Henry Parkes is located at the intersection of Parkes Drive and Hamilton Drive in Centennial Park. It was sculpted in bronze by Alan Sommerville in 1996 to commemorate the hundredth anniversary of the death of Sir Henry Parkes. It replaced a marble sculpture erected on this sandstone pedestal in 1897, which was vandalised and removed in 1971. Sir Henry Parkes was the Premier of New South Wales and has been referred to as the "Father of Federation" due to his movement for a national federation of the six colonies of Australia.

Thursday 17 March 2016

Malabar, beach tower

The beach inspector's tower is in Cromwell Park behind the beach, in the eastern suburb of Malabar. This protected beach on Long Bay does not have a life saving club but is patrolled by lifeguards and a beach inspector. 

Wednesday 16 March 2016

Kogarah, water feature

This water feature is located in Kogarah Town Square, in the southern suburb of Kogarah. The water rises from the three fountains which spill into a pool. The water then cascades down a number of terraces and drains into a spiral among the grasses. This water feature was installed in 2005 when the square was opened.

Tuesday 15 March 2016

Millers Point, houses

These heritage listed terrace house duplexes are located along High Street, in the inner city suburb of Millers Point. They are a part of a group of early twentieth century workman's terraces built around 1911 in the Federation architectural style, as part of the post plague redevelopment by the Sydney Harbour Trust. They have been used as public housing since 1986 but the state government recently started selling these valuable properties with harbour views to fund new public housing developments.

Monday 14 March 2016

Darlinghurst, bank

These Automatic Teller Machines (ATM) are located outside the ANZ Bank branch along Oxford Street, in the inner city suburb of Darlinghurst. To celebrate the ten year anniversary of the bank's sponsorship of the Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras, this branch in the heart of the parade route was transformed Into a GAYNZ with GAYTMs. The branch has been completely reimagined inside and out with ornate walls, a marbled floor and hand-painted murals in a baroque-inspired celebration of LGBTI culture.

Sunday 13 March 2016

Bexley, St Andrew's Presbyterian Church

St Andrew's Presbyterian Church is located on the corner of Forest Road and Sackville Street, in the southern suburb of Bexley. This heritage listed church was built in 1887 and is currently being refurbished while the timber church hall, on the left, is being completely rebuilt.

Saturday 12 March 2016

Friday 11 March 2016

General Post Office, clock tower

The clock tower of the General Post Office (GPO) building, located at 1 Martin Place between George Street and Pitt Street. The GPO was constructed in stages from 1864 to 1891, designed by James Barnet in the Victorian Free Classical style. In 1999, the GPO building was redeveloped as part of the the Westin Hotel and Macquarie Bank office building behind it.

Thursday 10 March 2016

Haymarket, Capitol Square, Parker Lane

The Capitol Square development is built on the former Parker Lane, in the inner city suburb of Haymarket. It stands beside the Capitol Theatre and buildings along George Street which include the Capitol Square Hotel, the Watkins Terrace group of buildings and the Palace Hotel. The development provides access between Campbell Street and Hay Street and contains restaurants and shops.

Wednesday 9 March 2016

Herald Square, The Tank Stream Fountain

The Tank Stream Fountain is located in Herald Square, on the corner of George Street and Alfred Street near Circular Quay. It features a series of bronze fountains created by Stephen Walker and presented to the City of Sydney in 1981 to commemorate the 150th anniversary of the founding of the Sydney Morning Herald newspaper in 1831. 
The plaque reads: "1788: A Stream flows into Sydney Cove. The European settlement of Australia begins along its sandstone banks. Soon drought strikes and storage tanks are carved from the stone, hence the name Tank Stream. The seasons pass. 1981: The Tank Stream Fountain recalls mankind's past dependence on this flowing stream and our links with life around the region."

Tuesday 8 March 2016

Newtown, hotel

The Newtown Hotel is located on the corner of King Street and Watkins Street, in the inner west suburb of Newtown. This heritage listed pub was built in 1886 in the Victorian Free Classical architectural style and known as the Club Hotel. It later became the Rugby Hotel and has undergone alterations over the years and name changes including East's Rugby Hotel, Newtown Colonial Hotel, Harrison's Club Hotel and finally the Newtown Hotel since at least 1989.

Sunday 6 March 2016

Newtown, Masonic Hall

This Masonic Hall is located along Station Street, in the inner west suburb of Newtown. This heritage listed building was built in 1934 in the the Inter War Free Classical architectural style.

Saturday 5 March 2016

Monterey, Scarborough Ponds

This view of Scarborough Ponds is looking south from President Avenue, in the southern suburb of Monterey.
Linked to: Weekend Reflections

Friday 4 March 2016

Sydney Tower, Centrepoint

Sydney Tower rises above Westfield Sydney shopping centre, previously known as Centrepoint, viewed from the corner of Market Street and Castlereagh Street.

Thursday 3 March 2016

Hyde Park, sign

This social media hashtag sign was installed along a fence at a promotion for the Sydney Rides Festival in Hyde Park yesterday. There were bikes for hire, food trucks in the park and bean bags to enjoy the surrounds and lunchtime sunshine as this tourist can be seen doing. The Sydney Rides Festival is an annual event that celebrates riding bicycles in the city.

Wednesday 2 March 2016

McMahons Point, ferry wharf

The McMahons Point Ferry wharf is located at the end of Henry Lawson Avenue, on Sydney Harbour, in the north shore suburb of McMahons Point. The Supply is a First Fleet Class ferry acquired by Sydney Ferries in 1985. It is named after the one of the eleven ships of the First Fleet that sailed to Australia in 1787 named Supply.

Tuesday 1 March 2016

Sydney Harbour (Theme Day: Where I Belong)

The Sydney Harbour Bridge and Sydney Opera House, viewed from Henry Lawson Avenue in the north shore suburb of McMahons Point. Spending time anywhere around Sydney Harbour is what makes me feel like I belong in Sydney.
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