Sunday, 1 March 2015

Theme Day - Ageing

He is in care.
30 years without running water.
30 years without a fridge.
He did not care.

He is in care.
He ate veggies, and nuts.
He drank urine, because Ghandi did.
He did not care.

He is in care.
He lived alone.
In a hovel, in the bush.
He did not care.

He is in care.
He wandered five days,
After the stroke seeped
Blood into his drug-addled left-hemisphere.
He could no longer understand.

He is in care.
He is reminded to wash.
He is reminded to change.
He is fed 3 times daily.
He cannot read.
He cannot follow television.
He is all but mute.
Now others care for him.

He ain't heavy,
He's my brother.

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Saturday, 28 February 2015

Hyde Park Sandringham Gardens

Sandringham Gardens are a memorial to King George IV of Great Britain. These steps lead to the sunken gardens from the intersection of College, William, and Park Streets. Diagonnally opposite The Australian Museum. Sydney Tower looms over Hyde Park, and the second shot also shows the MLC Centre on the corner of Martin Place and Castlereagh Street (in the background).

Friday, 27 February 2015

Pitt Street Mall - the retail heart of the City

This is the Pitt Street Mall in Sydney. It is built on the swamp from which the Tank Stream arose, that very stream which caught the attention of Captain Arthur Phillip in 1788.

The original crowned street was pedestrianised in the late '70s, but it is this decade's renovation which has converted it into an outside living room. It has been estimated that 58,000 people wander this mall on any given weekend day.

Here, by way of comparison, is the relevant section of Pitt Street in 1900, courtesy of The Powerhouse Museum. The cross street in the foreground is King Street.

Thursday, 26 February 2015


Looking north up Pitt Street from Liverpool Street

Jaywalkers on (south) Pitt Strret late on a Friday afternoon.

Wednesday, 25 February 2015

Hyde Park - A road runs through it

Taken in 2013 from Sydney Tower. A better view of Macquarie St is impeded by buildings.

There was Macquarie Street. There was Macquarie Street North. And there was Macquarie Street South.

Macquarie Street North still runs from the Opera House Forecourt to Bent St (the State Library corner). Macquarie Street runs from Bent St to Prince Albert Road/St James Road. Macquarie Street South no longer exists. The stretch from Liverpool Street down to Wentworth Ave was renamed Commonwealth St in 1905. It had appeared on the original subdivision of the Fosterville Estate in 1843 as Macquarie St. There was a Little Macquarie St parallel to Commonwealth St, but it was renamed Alberta St in 1896. I do not know when the road running north-south through Hyde Park was removed, but my guess would be around the turn of the century.

Left: View of Macquarie St 1842, (John Rae)(State Library NSW)
Right: View of Macquarie St, 1830-1850 (Ellis)(State Library NSW)

I was amazed when I found the above two sketches of an early Hyde Park. I had no idea that Macquarie Street had bisected it. Park street bisected the park east-west in 1831. Park St, in the guise of William Street, ran up to Kings Cross from 1834. So, from 1831 to close to the end of the 19th century, Hyde Park was split into quadrants. No wonder Macquarie Street was truncated!

Hyde Park (2007) commissioned from Airview by Dictionary of Sydney

I am indebted to the City of Sydney, for their excellent "History of Sydney Streets"