Tuesday 30 May 2017

Botany, Sir Joseph Banks Pleasure Gardens

The Sir Joseph Banks Pleasure Gardens are located in the eastern suburb of Botany. They were the main attraction of the old Sir Joseph Banks Hotel in the 19th Century. From 1845 through to the 1910, the hotel and its famed pleasure gardens were Australia's equivalent of a European spa resort. It was bought by entrepreneur Frank Smith in 1884 by who set up famous running races from 1884-92. When the hotel was sold in the 1920s and much of the land subdivided, the remnant gardens became a public park. In 1988, an interpretative recreation of the former gardens was created featuring a sports oval, thematic gardens, a maze and pergolas. Structures in the park include this arbour and formal terrace.

Sunday 28 May 2017

Strathfield South, Uniting Church

This Uniting Church is located on the corner of Liverpool Road and Frances Street, in the western suburb of Strathfield South. It is also known as Sydney The Lord's Church Faith Community which conducts services in Korean.

Saturday 27 May 2017

Oatley Bay

Oatley Bay sits on the Georges River, providing a natural border for the southern suburbs of Oatley, Hurstville Grove and Connells Point. This crisp Autumn evening provides a clear and colourful sunset as the sky went from yellow to orange, purple and blue.

Friday 26 May 2017

Water Sewerage and Drainage Board Building, redevelopment

The former Water Sewerage and Drainage Board Building on the corner of Bathurst Street and Pitt Street is currently being demolished, The skyscrapers behind it will be soon dwarfed by the new residential tower which will be built here,

Thursday 25 May 2017

Darlington, Memorial Gates

The Darlington Memorial Gates are located along Maze Crescent, at the The Old School which is part of the University of Sydney campus, in the inner city suburb of Darlington. They were originally the gates for Darlington Public School, designed by George Allan Mansfield and built in 1878 in the Gothic Revival architectural style. The building was transferred to the university in 1975 and renovated in 1978 for use by the Department of Music and as a theatre workshop.

Wednesday 24 May 2017

Darling Harbour, Tu Do

The "Tu Do" is a wooden fishing boat moored at the Australian National Maritime Museum at Darling Harbour. It arrived in Darwin on 21 November 1977 with 31 Vietnamese refugees crowded on board with their hopes for a better life in Australia echoed in the vessel's name, which means 'freedom'. The first 'boat people' fled the turmoil of South Vietnam in simple coastal fishing craft, often unsuited to a long ocean voyage.

Tuesday 23 May 2017

Redfern, warehouses

This former Demco Machinery Co Ltd Factory is located along Cleveland Street, in the inner city suburb of Redfern. The 1889 building on the left was designed by R. Kunstman, in the Victorian architectural style. The 1938 extension on the right was designed by J Aubrey Kerr in the Inter-war functionalist architectural style. The buildings were recently redeveloped and now used for office and retail space and a carvery restaurant with whisky bar in the basement.

Monday 22 May 2017

Redfern, post office, mural

This artwork is located at the Australia Post state headquarters along Cleveland Street, in the inner city suburb of Redfern. "Feed the Whale, Feed the Dream" is a mural created by Adam Hill (aka Blak Douglas) in 2017. The project was initiated in Reconciliation Week in 2016, when Australia Post staff were asked to design artwork based on the theme: Our History, Our Story, Our Future. The final work uses elements of the top three submissions from Gina Georgiannis, Leanne Bryce and Vicki Waddy.

Sunday 21 May 2017

Earlwood, Baptist Church

The Earlwood Baptist Church was built in 1928 and is located on the corner of Homer Street and Richard Avenue, in the south western suburb of Earlwood.

Saturday 20 May 2017

Cook and Phillip Park, Australian Museum

Looking across the fountain at Cook and Phillip Park built in 1998, located in the square opposite the Australian Museum in William Street. The floating glass entry hall was built in 2015 as the main entrance to the museum in the Parkes-Farmer Wing, completed in 1963. It replaces the old entrance in the Barnet Wing built in the 1880s along College Street.

Friday 19 May 2017

Glebe, Wireless House

"Wireless House" is an art installation located in Foley Park, on the corner of Glebe Point Road and Bridge Road, in the inner city suburb of Glebe. This small brick building was built in 1934 to provide radio broadcasts for the local community. A wireless set donated by a department store, operated in Wireless House so that local people who could not afford to buy radios could sit in the park and listen to daily radio programs, up until the early 1950s. In 2009, the site became City of Sydney's first outdoor internet hotspot, providing free internet access to visitors to the park. Visitors are taken to a website which features Glebe's history, oral histories and archival sound materials. It was created by sound artist Nigel Helyer in partnership with the National Film and Sound Archive. The Web shaped, laser cut aluminium grills on the exterior of the building are a visual reference to its updated function and modelled on the radiation patterns of radio antennae.

Thursday 18 May 2017

Haymarket, Paddy's Markets

This hand painted sign is on the wall of a Hay Street entrance of Paddy's Markets, in the inner city suburb of Haymarket. It is part of a series of murals designed by a local artist David Doyle to mimic some of the past advertising signs. Originally known as the Vegetable Market building, it was built in 1909 in the Edwardian architectural style and the fa├žade was preserved. Paddy's Markets have operated in Haymarket since 1834.

Saturday 13 May 2017

Meadowbank, John Whitton Bridge

The John Whitton Bridge is a railway bridge that crosses the Parramatta River between the northern suburb of Meadowbank and inner west suburb of Rhodes. The original 1886 truss bridge which was originally known as Meadowbank Bridge, sits on the eastern side of the 1980 welded steel box girder bridge on concrete piers, also known as the Parramatta River Underbridge. The bridge is named after John Whitton, the Engineer-in-Charge for the New South Wales Railways from 1867. The view is from Charity Point in Meadowbank.

Friday 12 May 2017

Gladesville, gate house

The former Gladesville Mental Hospital was a psychiatric hospital along Victoria Road, in the lower north shore suburb of Gladesville. It was originally known as Tarban Creek Lunatic Asylum. This heritage listed sandstone building was built close to the Punt Road entrance around 1874 as a store for the hospital. A new main entrance to the hospital was formed along Punt Road in 1874 and a Gate House  (Item 28) constructed. The boiler house and chimney stand beside it.

Thursday 11 May 2017

Gladesville, hospital

The former Gladesville Mental Hospital was a psychiatric hospital along Victoria Road, in the lower north shore suburb of Gladesville. It was originally known as Tarban Creek Lunatic Asylum. This heritage listed sandstone building (item 30) was built close to the Punt Road entrance around 1874 as a store for the hospital. Barnet's stores and workshops were converted into an administration block in 1910. It was amalgamated with the Macquarie Hospital at North Ryde in 1993 and all inpatient services were consolidated there in 1997. This building is now used by Giant Steps, a school specifically for children with autism.

Wednesday 10 May 2017

Ryde Bridge

Ryde Bridge, also known as Uhrs Point Bridge, carries Concord Road over the Parramatta River linking the northern suburb of Ryde with the inner west suburb of Rhodes. It comprises of a steel truss vertical-lift bridge (northbound) and a concrete fixed-span bridge (southbound). The original Ryde Bridge opened in 1935 as a lift bridge, which allowed shipping to reach the State Timber Yard. The lifting mechanism was later removed and the second concrete bridge crossing opened in 1988. This view from the boardwalk at Ryde Wharf Reserve.

Tuesday 9 May 2017

Gladesville, clock

The Sheridan Memorial Clock is located at the intersection of Meriton Street, Wharf Road and Victoria Road, in the lower north shore suburb of Gladesville. The heritage listed monument was designed by J. C. Sutherland and constructed in 1941 in the Inter-War Functionalist architectural style, as a traffic separation device. It was dedicated to Alderman James York Sheridan, who died that year who was described as ‘beloved’ by members of the Council and ‘generally by all classes throughout the Municipality for his kindly manner and his high ideal of citizenship’.

Sunday 7 May 2017

Friday 5 May 2017

Thursday 4 May 2017

Museum of Contemporary Art, Mordant Wing

The George Street entrance of the Mordant Wing of the Museum of Contemporary Art Australia at The Rocks. The original museum building, which was the former Maritime Services Board Building built in the art deco architectural style in 1952. The museum was opened in 1991 as the Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney. The Mordant Wing, designed by Sam Marshall, was built in 2012 as part of an expansion and redevelopment.

Wednesday 3 May 2017

Circular Quay, stack

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

Monday 1 May 2017

Gladesville, cafe (Theme Day: Let's Eat!)

This mural appears on the side of a cafe, on the corner of Monash Road and Eltham Street, in the lower north shore suburb of Gladesville.
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