Friday, 27 March 2015

People Watch - SOH


It seems to me that, once people are actually in the forecourt of the Sydney Opera House, they cannot believe their eyes and their good fortune. A bit like wandering The Mall, and wow, there is Buckingham Palace. Or standing aways down the Champs-Elysees, and wow, there is the Arc de Triomphe.

And there are no cars. Very few in the forecourt, none around the foreshore.

The entire Sydney Cove thing still blows my brain each and every time I wander down there.


Thursday, 26 March 2015

Classified by the National Trust - 83 York Street


"Paul Reader" is a winter sport's store at 83 York Street, in the city. The firm was established in 1956 by Paul Reader, who tried most of the major north-south streets, before settling on York Street in 1987, when son took over from father.

Classified by the National Trust, this ten-storey building was built in 1913 with a brick and sandstone facade. It was refurbished by Lipman's in 2001 and is currently valued at $90m.

The dyadic neon sign caught my eye. They are not much in fashion nowadays, this style of neon sign.

There is a very small winter sport industry in Australia, as the arrival of snow is unreliable, as is its quantity when it does arrive.


Wednesday, 25 March 2015

Hyde Park - St Marys Cathedral then


What we have in Sydney today, IMO the grandest church in our City, is the third attempt to construct a home for the city's catholic faithful. Although Australia was conquered, and settled, by Britain in 1788, the foundation stone for the first catholic church was not laid until 1821. Britain was wary of the catholics in the First Fleet as they were overwhelmingly Irish, and had been sent to the ends of the earth for political insurrections. For the first 25 years of the colony, catholics met covertly.

Left: Sketch by John Rae, 1840 Right: Sketch by John Rae (1840-1850
Both inages courtesy Dictionary of Sydney

Governor Lachlan Macquarie laid the foundation stone for the first St Marys, in October 1821. This was on the same site as the current Cathedral. It ran east-to-west (whereas the current cathedral runs north-to-south). At the same time, Macquarie was involved with the Anglicans. The Church of England was the "established" church and had a life of its own in the colony. However, its cathedral (St Andrews) got off to a spluttery start, with the first foundation stone laid in 1819, the second in 1837, before being consecrated in 1868.

Left: After the fire Right: After the fire, c. 1870
Both images courtesy Dictionary of Sydney


After a range of alterations, this Macquarie-inspired catholic cathedral was badly-damaged by fire in November, 1865. They rebuilt in stages, with the first service being held in 1882, with more construction work being completed in 1900, 1928, and even as recently as 2000, when the two spires in the original plans, were added. Embiggen the old image on the left to see, that even then, those with drug-addictions made their home in Hyde Park.

There is only a miniscule portion remaining of the cathedral that burnt. This is around the back (east) of the cathedral but easily accessible by the public. There is a plaque on this ruin which reads:
This pillar is all that remains of the original St Mary's Chapel, the Foundation Stone of which was laid by Governor Lachlan Macquarie on 29 October, 1821. Father John Joseph Therry celebrated the first Mass in the partly completed chapel on 5 December, 1833.


This is the southern forecourt of St Marys. It used to be a lawn bowling club at which my father played. It is now a concrete park with a swimming pool and fitness centre below. At my back as I took this phtotgraph is The Australian Museum, which I will cover next week.


Tuesday, 24 March 2015

Do you hear the people sing?


Capitol Theatre, for the umpteenth time. Sign on Town Hall corner, with the old Bebarfalds building in the background..

Monday, 23 March 2015

CBD - Bringing laneways to life

Interesting results from a meander down York Street on Saturday, from Town Hall to Carrington Street at Wynyard, to catch my bus.

Waiting for pedestrians to walk across my stage does not always improve the shot, but does provide information on what to look for next time.

The three guys in Mullins Street added nothing to the image. They just stood there. One person walking ar gesticulating is better. They took f.o.r.e.v.e.r.

I quite like the empty driveway in the pair below. One bloke would've been better than two, but caught at the right-hand drain-gutter. I was back an appropriate distance to allow the figures to provide perspective on the size of the built landscape.

The final pair of shots did not work at all. I had taken these on a previous meander down towards the Quay. Too many directions: Person 1 coming toward me; Person 2 cutting across me. Person 2 is way too big, meaning I should have been on t'other side of road. The splash of red is nice but the bollard cuts across the perspective down the lane.

Lots to teach myself.
Mullins Street between York and Clarence Streets

This is not a named lane, just the back entrance to the "Clarence Street Cyclery"

Although I am standing on Tank Stream Way to take the shots, the passage is Abercrombie Lane.