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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.

 

Another City of Sydney walking tour through a history of Commercial & Retail Sydney

Down Martin Place where the Commonwealth Bank and original MLC building are, through the Grace Hotel which was requisitioned by General MacArthur in WWII, past the AWA Tower – “Sydney’s Eiffel Tower”, the beautiful Dymocks Building, State Theatre, Arthouse Hotel, Tattersall’s Building and more.

 

Glebe

Posted: March 31, 2019 in history, Sydney
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A beautiful autumnal day for a historical wander around Glebe.
We visited the house where Robert (born Robin) Askin grew up, saw the park where a wireless was installed for poor families to hear the current news, had breakfast in one of the old original pubs, learnt of the strong medical ties to the area and were staggered to learn that Glebe Public School once had 2,300 students!

 

 

 

 

Another City of Sydney walk History Walk – Customs House to Millers Point

We went, for the first time, to Observatory Hill Park and went through the observatory. Was great. And free! Site of Sydney’s first windmill with beautiful views of Sydney to the east and west. We discovered Ferry Lane and The Paddock, had a drink at the Lord Nelson, found a still in use cast iron urinal and discovered the laneway below Lower Fort St.

 

So much to see, and such beautiful parks and public spaces, so close to Australia’s busiest city.
The highlight for us this walk (from a walk from City of Sydney Council) was tripping over the gorgeous McElhone Reserve near Elizabeth Bay House. A new place to bring visitors from overseas for a picnic.

 

We did a walk that City of Sydney council put together, one that takes you down old hidden laneways.

While nothing like Melbourne’s fabulous laneways, there’s still plenty of interest in Sydney.

Bulletin Place, where the Basement venue is, Reiby Place (as in Mary), Palings (music) Place, Angel Place, the Tank Stream.

Lots to see and learn.

 

 

Naremburn

Posted: February 10, 2019 in history, Sydney
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Neither of us had ever wandered around Naremburn before.

What a pretty suburb, and plenty of history to explore as well. I wonder if current residents know that it used to be known as both Dog Town and Pension Town!

We learnt that Henry Lawson lived here for a while as well as some other bits and pieces.

http://edocs.willoughby.nsw.gov.au/DocumentViewer.ashx?dsi=4787009

Looking across the gully to Walter Burley Griffin’s Incinerator 1D25291F-346F-4087-AB4D-FA7CCB8030CE
How many times have I driven across this 1886 bridge at the bottom of Willoughby Road without knowing the history behind it? 2D5873CC-5DDB-480F-A094-315F038F8D51