Thursday, 27 October 2011

Thursday, 20 October 2011

Autumn Colour

Linking up with Bella again at 52 photos project
It is Spring where I live but Autumn is my favourite season to photograph. I took this shot last year.

Wednesday, 12 October 2011


Linking up this week with Bella at 52 Photo Projects
A time to share: handwriting
My husband's letters  to me 20 years ago when I was travelling

Saturday, 8 October 2011

2110 Hunters Hill and Woolwich

Today a visit to postcode 2110, Sydney's Hunters Hill and Woolwich. 2110 is the 5th postcode I have photographed in the 'My Sydney' project. As I visit each suburb I feel an affiliation with each, it is as though I am getting to know a new set of friends. Each suburb I photograph and research I become acquainted with and grow a fondness towards. I clicked with postcode 2110. Hunters Hill and Woolwich had a peace I could get very used to, it was warm and relaxed. The shop owners and residents are very proud and fiercely protective of their heritage and location. Being school holidays there was an myriad of children enjoying the surrounds they are blessed to explore. Today I was accompanied by my friend Arpana who is also completing the Sydney Suburb challenge ( visit her blog at 26).

Hunters Hill and Woolwich are the scene of a quiet tranquil village. Quaint coffee shops and stores, manicured private gardens, picket fences, original and restored sandstone cottages and public buildings, adorn the area. Interested in what we were doing and obviously proud of his work, one builder on site asked if we were here to photograph 'the sandstone'. Disappointed we were not photographing his handiwork he wished us a happy day.

Former Garibaldi Hotel built in 1862 by Italian John Cuneo

pick or pay for your flowers
#1 what's your number?
#2 what's your number?

Shades of Pale
 picket fences
beware of the dog
beware of the children who delight in thieving mulberries

a water front home

The peninsular of Hunters Hill and Woolwich is flanked by the Lane Cove river on the North and the Parramatta River on the South. The municipality of Hunters Hill celebrates it's Sesquicentenary this year. During my research I was delighted to come across the most gorgeous footage of the Hunters Hill Centenary Parade in 1961, at  huntershill150.

Parramatta River side

 views of The Gladesville Bridge

Lane Cove River side
Northumberland Street Steps going down to The Woolwich Baths

Friday, 7 October 2011

Thursday, 6 October 2011

2095 Manly

I headed over to Manly in anticipation of catching some Manly football fever. With the Rugby League Grand final to be played the next day I was hoping to capture some Manly Sea Eagle spirit. Manly was a hive of activity, a relatively sunny day and the annual Jazz Festival had drawn large crowds. Miss Laura and I started our day at the top of the hill and crept slowly down into Sea Eagle territory. My husband TJ was raised here until he was five years old so we enjoyed the family history tour as well.

Standing guard the top of the hill on Darley Road is the impressive St Patrick's Seminary, build in 1885. The Catholic Church now lease it to the International College of Management (affiliated with Macquarie University)

St Patrick's Seminary

view of St Partick's Seminary from the bottom on the hill

Heading down the hill into Manly we stopped to take a photo of my husband's first family home on Cliff Street. A shot at Shelly Beach, a walk along Fairy Bower before we came to the Manly beach and home to the Surf Life Saving Club.

TJ's first home- his little cot used to sit behind this window

boat chains at Shelly Beach
a walk from Shelly Beach along Fairy Bower to Manly Beach
TJ learnt to swim here at the tidal pool along Fairy Bower
view of Shelly Beach from Fairy Bower
Manly Beach- volley ball anyone?

life savers at Manly Beach

soul savers at Manly Beach

Manly Sea Eagles V  New Zealand Warriors NRL Grand-final 2011
Final score Sea Eagles 24 Warriors 10
support for the home team along The Corso
Council Chambers even got into the spirit of maroon and white

The Manly Corso links the beach side of Manly to the harbour side of Manly. It is a strip of restaurants and shops with fountains and play equipment for the kiddies. Today it played host to the annual International Jazz Festival.

Annual International Jazz Festival on The Corso
posting and dining on The Corso
finding LOVE near The Corso

The harbour side of Manly is home to The Manly Wharf and the popular Manly ferry. The first Manly ferry docked on the wharf in 1877. I would visit Manly by ferry as a child and swim in the shark proof  harbour beach near the wharf.

shark netting along harbour side of Manly

boards for sale

Saturday, 1 October 2011

2016 Redfern

The suburbs I chose to visit are quite random in order but I must note my last post of Kiribilli and Milsons Point 2061 in North Sydney in contrast to this post being Redfern 2016 in South Sydney. They share numerical postcode digits but that is where the similarity ends.

Redfern is a suburb of Sydney I had never stepped into, yes travelled through many a time by train but never actually set foot into. Having some pre conceived ideas about what to expect, I underestimated and was surprised to find such a diverse range of colour, texture, atmosphere and history, that has been defined by the differences of the Redfern residents past and present.

Welcome to The Block

This mural depicting cultural diversity is along Hugo Street Reserve which currently hosts a basketball court. The historical sign-age tells that houses and a corner shop were built on the site in the late 1800s. Following the Great Depression in the 1930s the houses became vacant as owners defaulted on mortgages. Over time the vandalled properties were demolished and a playground was built. In 1977 a teenager by the name of Matthew Raschke approached Redfern council asking for a basket ball hoop to be erected. This solo hoop was later developed into a full basketball court.
Along from Hugo Street Reserve a derelict but colourful row of terraces line Louis Street in the vicinity of  'The Block'.

Looking through a vacant lot to Eveleigh Street. The Aboriginal Flag mural flies proudly on the rear wall of Tony Mundine's boxing Gym.

'The Block' - If these walls could talk what would you hear them say? 

Before these walls were even built back in the 1790s, members of the Gadigal tribe occupied the land on which 'The Block' now stands. These walls were built in the 1880s to house workers from the Eveleigh Railway Workshops. During the 1920s Aboriginal people from other parts of  NSW came to the Redfern area in search of work at the same railway yard. Over the next two decades the Aboriginal population of Redfern continued to grow. By the early 1970s a serious overcrowding and homelessness crisis had developed. To elevate the problem in 1973 The Aboriginal Housing Company made their first acquisition of housing in Redfern and by 1994 the final house on 'The Block' was purchased by the The Aboriginal Housing Company. During the early 1990s heroin had begun to infiltrate the community and 'The Block' gradually became so violent it was a virtual a no-go zone. By 1997 The Aboriginal Housing Company began demolishing houses that had become derelict and were frequented by drug dealers. More recently in 2004 'The Block' made headlines as riots erupted resulting from the untimely death of a teen who had been pursued by police. Last Monday when I visited it was a quiet sleepy place, besides seeing a handful of residents, the row of bins standing guard confirmed people dwell here.

'The Block' - If you listen to the residents along Caroline Street you can hear them say:
love, peace, belong, joy, life, respect, believe, magic, optimism, think

For the first time in 2008 you could hear our Australian nation say:

This mural hangs in the Redfern Community Centre

In Holden Street a disused Church can still be heard saying: Jesus Loves you

'The Block' is bordered by the railway line and Redfern Station, upon leaving the precinct crossing over to the other side of the tracks I was greeted by a multicultural mix of uni students, thriving urban coffee shops, mixed businesses, historical buildings and the manicured gardens of Redfern Park.

Redfern Post Office 1882

Historically the struggle between police and local aboriginal communities is synonymous with Redfern. Mum Shirl (Shirley Smith) was an advocate for aboriginal people in custody and she was integral in establishing the Aboriginal Legal Service (1971). This tribute to her is found on  the local Court House wall.

Redfern Park established 1891

RED doors, green FERNs