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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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

 

A beautiful late winter’s day for a walk around Gladesville following one of Ryde Council’s Heritage Walks.

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In 1963, Harry Triguboff built his first apartments at 20 Meriton St in Gladesville.
75,000 residential dwellings later, still building.

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Indie is still getting used to the water.
At Looking Glass Point at the end of Wharf Rd.
(The chimney in the distance is at Burwood)

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The old original pub building, still visible behind the buildings on Victoria Rd

We went for a walk with the pup around Callan Park, 60ha site in Lilyfield near the Iron Cove Bridge.

It became famous as a psychiatric hospital (Callan Park Hospital for the Insane) which was in use until 1994.

Thne buildings are now occupied by the Sydney College of the Arts.

The Bay Run runs through the park along the foreshore of Iron Cove.

Lots of off leash dog area to roam. Some beautiful old buildings in what was a very sad place for so many people. You’d like to think we are a bit better these days at caring for those struggling with mental health.

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