Sunday, 20 April 2014

Arncliffe, presbytery

The St Francis Xavier Catholic Presbytery is located along Forest Road, in the southern suburb of Arncliffe. It was designed by William Robson and built in 1893 in the Victorian Italianate architectural style. In 1924 it was acquired by the Roman Catholic Church for use as the church presbytery. This concludes my look at the buildings known as St Francis Xavier Church Group. Happy Easter.

Saturday, 19 April 2014

Arncliffe, St Francis Xavier’s Convent

The former St Francis Xavier’s Convent is located along Forest Road, in the southern suburb of Arncliffe. It was built in the late 1800s in the Victorian Italianate architectural style as a house for surveyor James Parish and known as "Mintaville". The Sisters of the Order of St Joseph bought it in 1910 for use as a covent. The Catholic church purchased part of the land in 1911 to build the adjacent church and school along Forest Road, which I featured over the last two days.
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Friday, 18 April 2014

Arncliffe, St Francis Xavier’s Catholic Church

St Francis Xavier’s Catholic Church is located along Forest Road, in the southern suburb of Arncliffe. The heritage listed church was designed by Clement Clancy in the Romanesque style and built in 1931. It features a distinctive 33 metre high round Celtic tower. A religious themed post for this Good Friday. The nearby school was shown yesterday.

Thursday, 17 April 2014

Arncliffe, St Francis Xavier’s Catholic Primary School

St Francis Xavier’s Catholic Primary School is located at the corner of Forest Road and Wardell Street, in the southern suburb of Arncliffe. The school began in 1911 in the adjacent convent of the Sisters of St Joseph. This building opened in 1912 as a church and school, with a second storey added in 1937.

Wednesday, 16 April 2014

Coogee Bay, Wylie's Baths

This view of Coogee Bay is from the cliff above Wylie's Baths, a tidal pool at the south end of Coogee Beach, in the eastern suburb of Coogee. In the distance is Gordons Bay and Shark Point at Clovelly.

Tuesday, 15 April 2014

Coogee, Mina Wylie sculpture

This sculpture of Mina Wylie is located at the entrance of Wylie's Baths, a tidal pool at the south end of Coogee Beach, in the eastern suburb of Coogee. Wilhelmina (Mina) Wylie was a silver medallist at the 1912 Summer Olympics in Stockholm, Sweden where women's swimming events were held for the first time. A resident of Coogee, she was taught to swim by her father Henry Wylie, who built Wylie's Baths in 1907. This life-sized bronze monument on the cliff looking out onto the Pacific Ocean was designed by Eileen Slarke in 2001, based on a photograph of Mina at the Olympic Games.

Monday, 14 April 2014

Hyde Park, Taronga Wild! Rhinos

This painted rhino sculpture is located at Hyde Park, on the corner of Liverpool Street and Oxford Street. It is part of the "Taronga Wild! Rhinos" public art exhibition located around the city to raise awareness and funds for Taronga Zoo’s Black Rhino breeding program and conservation projects. "Safari Party" was created by Georgia Perry, a Sydney based creative who aimed to make him stand out by dressing him in a riot of colour.

Sunday, 13 April 2014

Vaucluse, Greycliffe House

Greycliffe House is located in Nielsen Park, looking out on Sydney Harbour, in the eastern suburb of Vaucluse. This sandstone house was designed by John Frederick Hilly and built in 1851 in the Gothic Revival style. Since 1975 it has been the headquarters for the National Park and Wildlife Service.

Saturday, 12 April 2014

Vaucluse House, fountain

This fountain stands outside Vaucluse House, in the eastern suburb of Vaucluse, which is named after the historic estate. Vaucluse House is a mansion designed by Henry Browne Hayes and built in 1839 in the the Gothic Revival style. The fountain was installed in the pleasure garden in 1862. In 1915 Vaucluse House became Australia’s first official house museum.

Friday, 11 April 2014

Royal Botanic Gardens, Rose Pavilion

A view of the Rose Pavilion in the Royal Botanic Gardens, rising up to the Sydney skyline in the background. The pavilion is flanked by two Marble Lion sculptures and the Governor Phillip Fountain can be seen amongst the bushes behind it.

Thursday, 10 April 2014

Darling Harbour, Cockle Bay Wharf

The buildings at Darling Harbour feature a new 'inflatable' brand identity with promotional signs in the style of inflated balloons. The Cockle Bay Wharf building, on the eastern side of Cockle Bay, has restaurants, cafes, bars, a nightclub and a function centre, is featuring this giant "EAT" sign above one of the main entrances. Other promo signs in the area are "SHOP" and "AHOY".

Wednesday, 9 April 2014

Cockle Bay Wharf, Dancing Brolgas, fountain

The Dancing Brolgas fountain is located at the front of the Cockle Bay Wharf building at Darling Harbour. It was designed by Terrance Plowright and created in cast stainless steel in 1998. The Brolga is a native bird also known as the Australian Crane.

Tuesday, 8 April 2014

The Rocks, George Street

A view of George Street, looking past the historic shopfronts, hotels and postbox at The Rocks, towards the Sydney Harbour Bridge. The Museum of Contemporary Art is on the right, beside the police station.

Monday, 7 April 2014

Cook and Philip Park, Taronga Wild! Rhinos

This painted rhino sculpture is part of the "Taronga Wild! Rhinos" public art exhibition located around the city to raise awareness and funds for Taronga Zoo’s Black Rhino breeding program and conservation projects. It is located on the edge of St Mary's Cathedral Square at Cook and Philip Park, on the corner of William Street and College Street. "Sentient Being" was created by Mr & Mrs Brown, contemporary artists living in Central West, New South Wales.

Sunday, 6 April 2014

Chapter Hall

Chapter Hall, also known as Chapter House, is located along St Marys Road, adjacent to St Mary's Cathedral. It was designed by Augustus Welby Pugin in the Gothic architectural style and built between 1843 and 1845. It was initially used as a school but was converted to a chapter hall in 1910, in which large meetings are held.

Saturday, 5 April 2014

Royal Botanic Gardens, tree

The shadow from this lone tall palm tree in the Royal Botanic Gardens provides shade from the midday sun for a lunchtime visitor.

Friday, 4 April 2014

MLC Centre, platforms

The MLC Centre is one of the tallest skyscrapers in Sydney, located along Martin Place and bounded by King Street and Castlereagh Street. The 67 floor tower was completed in 1977 and was the tallest office building in Sydney until 1992. The concrete and marble facade is currently being extensively repaired using insulated working platforms designed to fit the shape of the building, that reduce the noise of the jackhammers and other work equipment.

Thursday, 3 April 2014

Darling Harbour, Australian National Maritime Museum

The buildings at Darling Harbour feature a new 'inflatable' brand identity with promotional signs in the style of inflated balloons. The Australian National Maritime Museum, on the western side of Cockle Bay, features this giant "AHOY" sign above the main entrance. The sign below is made up of international marine signal flags which spell out "Australian National Maritime Museum".

Wednesday, 2 April 2014

Campbells Cove, Taronga Wild! Rhinos

This painted rhino sculpture is part of the "Taronga Wild! Rhinos" public art exhibition located around the city to raise awareness and funds for Taronga Zoo’s Black Rhino breeding program and conservation projects. "Golden Baby" was created by Ken Done, one of Australia's most famous artists. This baby rhino, currently located at Campbells Cove at The Rocks, is smaller than the other ones I have featured before. I managed to snap the tall ship Southern Swan in the background just as it was departing.

Tuesday, 1 April 2014

Botanic Gardens, Sydney Tropical Centre (Theme Day: Triangles)

The Sydney Tropical Centre in the Royal Botanic Gardens houses displays of tropical plants. The Pyramid Glasshouse opened in 1972 and is linked by an underground foyer to the Arc Glasshouse which opened in 1990. The glasshouses were closed to the public early last year for redevelopment but the work has not begun yet.

Monday, 31 March 2014

Cronulla, Art Cube Exhibition

The Art Cube Exhibition was recently held in the southern suburb of Cronulla. It featured three giant cubes in Cronulla Mall, painted by twelve local and international artists. They were located outside the recently vacated Commonwealth Bank building which was built in 1938 in the art deco architectural style. A photo of the old bank can be seen here.

Sunday, 30 March 2014

Watsons Bay, Sydney Harbour National Park

This bench is located in Sydney Harbour National Park, in the eastern suburb of Watsons Bay. It provides views of Camp Cove and Sydney Harbour.

Saturday, 29 March 2014

Tom Uglys Bridge, Georges River

Tom Uglys Bridge crosses the Georges River between the southern suburbs of Blakehurst and Sylvania. This view at dusk is from the southern end at Sylvania between the truss bridge on the left, which opened in 1929 and the box girder bridge on the right, which opened in 1987. The name of the bridge comes from Tom Uglys Point, on the northern end at Blakehurst, believed to be named after local resident Tom Huxley and transformed by the mispronunciation by local Aborigines.

Friday, 28 March 2014

St Mary's Cathedral, College Street

A blue sky filled with scattered clouds above St Mary's Cathedral, viewed from the corner of College Street and St Marys Road.

Thursday, 27 March 2014

Kyeemagh, Outdoor Gallery

Ichnotraces by Cassandra Daw and Felicity Yorston
The Collector by Ilija Uzunoski
Regeneration of the Princess by Blaze Krstanoski-Blazeski
Home Shell by Adam Galea
Columns in Space by William Maguire
The Outdoor Gallery Exhibition is an annual event that takes place at Cook Park, on the Botany Bay foreshore in the southern suburb of Kyeemagh. It is part of the Rockdale Arts Festival which runs from 16 March to 13 April 2014, to showcase the talent of local emerging and professional artists.

Wednesday, 26 March 2014

Kyeemagh, Outdoor Gallery

Canute by Simon Grimes
Harley by Vikki Holik-Blazley
Lightning Strikes I and II by Lou Steer 
Make A Splash by Lou Steer
The Outdoor Gallery Exhibition is an annual event that takes place at Cook Park, on the Botany Bay foreshore in the southern suburb of Kyeemagh. It is part of the Rockdale Arts Festival which runs from 16 March to 13 April 2014, to showcase the talent of local emerging and professional artists.

Tuesday, 25 March 2014

Kyeemagh, Outdoor Gallery

On This Earth by Rhonda Castle
Block Play by Beata Geyer and James Culkin
Eagle Eye by Rhonda Castle
Dromornis Stironii (Going Going Gone) by Cassndra Daw and Lou Steer
A Man And A Woman by Rafae Munahe
The Outdoor Gallery Exhibition is an annual event that takes place at Cook Park, on the Botany Bay foreshore in the southern suburb of Kyeemagh. It is part of the Rockdale Arts Festival which runs from 16 March to 13 April 2014. The festival showcases the talent of local emerging and professional artists who work in any medium that can be displayed and left outdoors, permanently exposed to the elements.

Monday, 24 March 2014

King Street, Taronga Wild! Rhinos

This painted rhino sculpture is part of the "Taronga Wild! Rhinos" public art exhibition located around the city to raise awareness and funds for Taronga Zoo’s Black Rhino breeding program and conservation projects. It is located outside shops on the corner of King Street and Pitt Street. "Pacha" was created by Alison See, a designer for fashion label Camilla by Camilla Franks, which features clothing with these sorts of designs.

Sunday, 23 March 2014

Botanic Gardens, Palace Garden Gate

The Palace Garden Gate is a Macquarie Street entrance at the Royal Botanic Gardens. The Garden Palace was a large purpose-built exhibition building constructed to house the Sydney International Exhibition in 1879. It was constructed primarily from timber, which assured its complete destruction when engulfed by fire in 1882. The only remains of the Garden Palace are its carved sandstone gateposts and wrought iron gates.

Saturday, 22 March 2014

Hyde Park Barracks, Irish Famine Memorial

The Australian Monument to the Great Irish Famine (1845-1852) is located at the Hyde Park Barracks, along Macquarie Street. The Hyde Park Barracks were originally built to house male convicts in 1818 but were adapted in 1848 to house refugees. The monument commemorates a special emigration scheme designed to resettle over 4,000 destitute girls from the workhouses of Ireland in Australia between 1848 and 1850. This memorial features a dislocated sandstone wall and two glass panels inscribed with the names of 400 of these girls. A table cast in bronze, split in two on either side of the wall, has a simple table with a bowl on one end and a simple institutional table setting with utensils on the other end. It represents an element of continuity and a link between the two sides of the lives of those who immigrated.

Friday, 21 March 2014

Pacific Power Building, 201 Elizabeth Street

This commercial building formerly known as the Pacific Power Building is located at 201 Elizabeth Street. The office and retail building is bounded by Elizabeth Street, Park Street and Castlereagh Street. This 40 storey building was completed in 1978 and is currently Sydney's 20th tallest building.

Thursday, 20 March 2014

Darling Harbour, Harbourside

Darling Harbour has launched a new 'inflatable' brand identity with promotional signs in the style of inflated balloons. Hourbourside, a dining, leisure and shopping centre on the western side of Cockle Bay, features this giant "SHOP" sign above the main entrance.

Wednesday, 19 March 2014

St Mary's Cathedral, fountain

This water fountain is located in the square in front of St Mary's Cathedral which is part of Cook and Philip Park. The wooden footbridge allows you to walk through the fountain and view the various displays of water squirting into the air.