Centennial Parklands

Posted: December 2, 2019 in history, Walking
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We followed the Centennial Parklands History Walk app. It’s pretty well put together.

We started at the Federation/Paddington Gates, and learnt about… , ,

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The Henry Parkes Statue

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The Henry Parkes Statue

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the Charles Dickens statue

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Lachlan swamp, full of bats

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Lachlan swamp, full of bats

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Lachlan swamp, full of bats

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Lachlan swamp, full of bats

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The Federation Pavillion

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The Federation Pavillion

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the duck pond

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the duck pond,

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The Column and Rose Gardens

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The Column and Rose Gardens

and more.

Pyrmont

Posted: November 26, 2019 in history, Sydney, Sydney Harbour, Sydney Streets

This weekend we went for a walk around Pyrmont.
A fascinating dip back into old Sydney, following The City of Sydney guide found here.

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This is the guide we followed

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This stunning view from Ways Terrace Flats, built by the City Council in the 1920s as workers’ affordable housing.

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You know when you put 2 and 2 together and it clicks? Now we know why there’s a Quarryman Hotel at Pyrmont… we found the old quarry!

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The original bit of the Electric Light station that remains near the Star casino.

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Someone owns these old sites… yet they sit decrepitly, unused, uninhabitable.

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ye olde Sydney Electric Light Company, adjacent to the Star casino

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ye olde Sydney Electric Light Company, adjacent to the Star casino

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Love the clothesline rope pulleys that come off everyone’s balcony or window at the Ways Terrace Flats.

 

In 1801, Governor King established government farm at Castle Hill to provide grain for the colony within three years, 700 acres had been cleared.
It didn’t take long for convicts to try and escape and martial law was declared.
I’d heard of Australia’s Battle of Vinegar Hill but didn’t realise that the root of this battle was started here in Castle Hill.
It’s pretty remarkable that such a large tracts of parkland has been preserved for the future. Beautiful park to wander through.

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Flat Rock Gully walking track

Posted: October 29, 2019 in history
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This weekend we walked Willoughby Council’s Flat Rock Gully walking track which follows the creek down to the bay beyond Tunks Park.

Really well done.

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Manly Heritage Walk

Posted: October 29, 2019 in Sydney Streets

We walked around Manly and enjoyed the markets on a Saturday morning, doing the Heart of Manly heritage walk.

Opposite the Manly Oval grandstand on Sydney Road is a huge stone wall, all that survives of Dalley’s Castle. I’ve driven past it hundreds of times and never looked up to see the Gargoyles, all that survives of what became the Camden Grammar School.

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Hunters Hill Heritage

Posted: October 29, 2019 in history, Sydney Streets
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We followed the Hunters Hill council’s walks… walk #2 from here

A lovely walk around the gorgeous older houses and estates.

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Decosti

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That View!

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Lovely!

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So, this weekend, we followed a City of Sydney Irish walk which took as through some of the significant places where events concerning Irish immigrants in the young colony of Sydney occurred.

We learnt that

  • about 20,000 people were in Hyde Park on St Patrick’s Day in 1878 when there was an anti-Catholic riot.
  • that monument on the road at the top of the hill near St Mary’s Cathedral on the road to the Art Gallery was just a drinking fountain.
  • There’s a significant Irish Famine memorial at Hyde Park Barracks. Really cleverly done, it shows a dining table divided by a wall.
    • During the six years of great Irish Famine, when their potato crop was ruined by potato blight, about one million died and another one million left Ireland. The memorial remembers the 4114 orphan girls who were shipped to the Australian colonies. Some married, others were employed for different domestic work.
  • The original Martin Place only ran between George and Pitt Streets.
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Drinking Fountain

 

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Irish Famine Memorial at Hyde Park Barracks

 

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Irish Famine Memorial at Hyde Park Barracks

 

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State Library

 

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The windows are inspired by the Book of Kells

 

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St Mary’s Cathedral

 

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St Mary’s Cathedral