First post here.

Sydney has some interesting buildings. Actually, Sydney has a lot of interesting buildings, tall ones and big stone ones and just interesting ones. So here some photos of them.

I have a lot of photos of this place (former Dept of Lands building) on Bridge St. A big sandstone stone building, with lots of fancy work. I don’t think I have seen such a big sandstone building before. It’s is good for taking photos of.

Looking over my photos, I seemed to be mostly on Bridge St (because that was the incoming bus terminated) and George St (where I caught bus back to hotel). I was wondering where the bridge was that gave the street it’s name, and Wikipedia told me it was over Tank Stream (an interesting page that one, actually). Also, that Bridge St and George St (named over George III of course) are the two oldest streets in Sydney.

This is the former Water Police station & courts, that is now the Police & Justice Museum. If you visit here and the Susannah Place house museum, it is actually one dollar cheaper to buy a pass that also gets you into Hyde Park Barracks. So if you finish looking around here, and there’s still 90 minutes left before closing time, you might as well walk down to the Barracks as it is free.

I have been to Sydney before, fifteen years ago, but that was following friends around so I didn’t really take much notice of what was around me. So this was the first time I was able to explore the city on my own.

State Library of NSW.

with Matthew Flinders along the side.

Parliament House, which was originally the north wing of the hospital
This and next two photos are Sydney Hospital & Sydney Eye Hospital, which replaced an earlier building that was demolished. As well as having an interesting facade

it has this weird pig fountain out the front, with water dripping from its jaws.


Former Royal Mint in former south wing of the hospital.

This is St James, the oldest Anglican church in Sydney, built 1819-1824 and consecrated in 1824. That’s a year before St Johns in Launceston was opened (although the site was apparently consecrated two years earlier), and a year before or after St Matthews in New Norfolk was established.

“Would you like me to open the gate for your photo?” said the nice young man who had just closed one of them, as it getting ready to go home time. Hyde Barracks was built as prisoner barracks, then was later an female immigration depot, asylum for destitute women and law courts.

Just in case you were thinking Sydney was all old stone buildings 🙂 I

Another memorial and bit of church history, this one is commemorating the “first Christian service held in Australia February 3rd 1788. Rev Richard Johnson BA the chaplain being the preacher”.

George St, where the bus leaves from.

A tall building!

Another tall building!

And to finish off, a pair of big sandstone buildings! The Department of Lands building again and it’s younger neighbour, the Department of Education building.

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