Thursday, 19 May 2016

Mostly Man O'Peace

Above: Image by Charles Bayliss (1881)(sourced from Blue Mountains Local Studies Centre)
Below: Image by Julie Storry (May 2016)

We refer to this pier, and these steps as "Man O'War Steps". Although originally constructed during the governorship of Lachlan Macquarie (1810-1821), he only named the little enclosed beach as Port Lachlan, after his son. The current name stuck from about the 1860s. Even so, the name has lasted longer than the original jetty.

Above: Man O'War Steps, with HMS Royalist in foreground (from The Phillips Collectiuon housed at the Power House Museum)(c. 1900)
Below: Image by Julie Sytorry (May 2016)

As you can see, from just three historical images, both the shape and the accessories, morph over time. Pontoons have been added, and removed. Sheds have been constructed; sheds have been demolished. Gates have been installed; gates have been moved.

Above: HMAS Australia I at Man O'War Steps (Image by Harold Cazneaux) (c. 1919)(NLA)
Below: Image by Julie Storry (May 2016)

Taking my share of these images, I had my back to the Sydney Opera House. When it was constructed - during the 1960s and early 1970s- the Man O'War area was devastated, save for the steps. The safe-harbour for the watermen and their pointy-skiffs, never returned. Neither did the (naval) waiting sheds, regardless of whether the waiting was done by sailors wives, or by prostitutes.

Saturday, 30 April 2016

Theme Day - Smell

The past has a musty, stuffy smell of windows not opened enough, of sunlight not streaming enough, and fresh air not wafting enough.

The main entrance, on Bridge Street, of The Industrial Relations Commission of NSW, in part of the Chief Secretary's Building, constructed between 1873 and 1893..

This post is my contribution to the City Daily Photo Monthly Theme Day. To see the contribution of other members of CDP please visit the portal.

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.