Monday, 25 April 2016

ANZAC Day 2016

All these images were made in Bathurst early in April, during a family visit.

"Kings Parade" is the central civic area of the city. It is rare to experience such a well-laid out, and well-preserved, central area to a country city. It is very moving.

These memorials occupy the centre-piece of the area, actually down through the centre.

Facing east, the left of the war memorials contains the court-house and the old civic buildings. The right of the memorials contains the Anglican cathedral. More on these two areas in future posts.

Lest we forget

Friday, 4 March 2016

The short-sighted photographer

Sydney Harbour is immensely busy, and the variety of marine craft just astounding. The photographic eye must continually move, like a toothbrush, left/right, top/bottom, infront/behind.

I wached the water taxi speed out from the Quay into the morning sunshine, and disappear. I looked up, and realised that I could see the other side of Sydney Cove, unlike the previous week when my view was blocked by a thumping big gin-palace!

Thursday, 3 March 2016

A "Sydney Living Museum" Pass

I have a Sydney Living Museum 3-month pass, that enables me to see four named museums for an investment of $8.

I saw the Museum of Sydney first, which is on Bridge Stree, down near Circular Quay, on the site of the first Government House. Then I went through the Justice & Police Museum, which is on Phillip Street, also down near Circular Quay. My third museum is this one: Hyde Park Barracks.

Hyde Park Barracks is on Macquarie Street adjacent to Hyde Park. It was commissioned by Governor Lachlan Macquarie, and designed and overseen by Francis Greenway. In 1817 it was ready for its first intake of convicts. From 1788 until then, convicts were mostly able to spend the night wherever they could find a roof. Where else were they going to run off too? Sydney was down the nether-end of the world! Those who did try to escape, died quickly in the unforgiving bush.

Wednesday, 2 March 2016

Beneath the Street

More and more of Sydney is beneath the streets. There are road tunnels, there are shopping malls, and there are railway stations.

This is one of the tunnels between St James Railway Station and street level. St James is beneath Hyde Park (North).

This tunnel leads towards Macquarie street, to St James Anglican Church, and to Hyde Park Barracks. It is a mass of city workers during the week, the Supeme Court of NSW being very close. But, I was there one Sunday morning.

Photo 1: A St James tunnel showing photos of its 1926 construction on the tiled walls.
Photo 2: The steps leading from the tunnel to the plaza outside St James Church
Photo 3: St James Church
Photo 4: St James taken from the forecourt of Hyde Park Barracks

Tuesday, 1 March 2016

Theme Day - Where do you Belong?

Where do I belong? Right here, in Sydney Cove, the birthplace of my country as a member of the international community of nations.

Though there had been indigenous peoples here for millenia, working the land, living, sharing, restoring the land; that was truly THEIR land. Their land is different from my land, although both lands are identical. A conundrum we need to work harder to explain to each other.

This central part of my city, nestled around this cove, gives me peace, and immense solitude, even amongst all the hustle and bustle. It is where I feel at home.

Today is Theme Day for the City Daily Photo group of bloggers. See where other photo-bloggers feel at home.