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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

 

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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

From The Dictionary of Sydney, a well put together self-guided heritage walk of Sydney’s oldest municipality.

Based on Randwick City Council’s heritage plaques program, an app contains information on the best historical buildings and sites in Randwick.


Randwick’s pretty high… imagine the views to the ocean 100 years ago.


The Verger’s residence… I can’t help but see Alice from The Vicar of Dibly.


The Coach and Horses… my uncle spent a little too much time here each day.

There are beautiful rows of terraces in this old suburb.

The Presbyterian Church is nothing to look at from the outside.

So easy to take things like water from a tap for granted. The first public fountain in Randwick

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Newtown

Posted: May 12, 2019 in Inner West, Sydney Streets, Walking
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Another walk from the City of Sydney – Gritty Newtown

Learnt a few things… again! Who’d have thought??

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Did not know what this meant until now!

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This art-deco building on King St was an icerink that transformed into summer baths!

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Simply gorgeous terraces overlooking Hollis Park

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The old Trocadero on King St – roller skating and dancing.

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Newtown’s most sought-after address apparently

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Hollis Park – beautiful

 

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.