Friday, 27 July 2007

Château Tanunda

The plaque says:
"The Elizabeth Street entrance of St James Station has been maintained in its original condition as a heritage site. "
Further research (see comments inside) put the date of the Château Tanunda sign at c1938.
Château Tanunda is a famous winery in South Australia's Barossa Valley. Click here to read about it.


  1. Well, today I'm the first and this deserves a toast. I'm not sure I've tasted the Chateau Tanunda, but if you confirm the quality, I don't mind... Otherwise, we may have a Cotes de Luberon; nice choice!
    The metro station picture is also quite nice.
    Have a nice weekend, and drop by if you are in the mood. I'm going to the beach to Algarve...

  2. I like your picture of the metro station. I would certainly miss the young lady directing traffic. But I don't see traffic so it must be an odd hour of the day. Have a nice weekend.

  3. Sally this doesn't look old enough to have a heritage, surely it is post WWll?

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  4. gmg - I wouldn;t put Chateau Tanunda high on my list - it is sometimes referred to as Chateau Chunder. INowadays it is like one of those Disneyland type wineries for coach tours....

  5. Here's a bit from the heritage conservation study:

    St James Station is of State Significant because it was, with Museum Station, one of the first underground stations in
    Australia demonstrate the adaptation of the British tube style station to the Australian situation.

    It is largely in original
    condition. The structures form an integral part of the historic fabric of Sydney. The structures are well built, proportioned
    and detailed and represent the culmination of many years of political activity to have a city railway system in place. St
    James retains most of its original fabric and character. Some fixtures are rare such as an intact early c1938 neon sign
    “Chateau Tanunda” brandy
    , in the northernmost Elizabeth Street Entrance.

    Work on the railway commenced in 1916...Fundraising problems forced construction to cease in 1918. From 1917 to 1922
    Bradfield maintained a publicity campaign to rally support for his scheme. Excavation work for Museum and St James
    Stations began in 1922. .. After several years of construction the first underground electric railway was
    opened on 20 December 1926 when the new line sections of Central Station, Museum and St James Stations were
    connected by trains.

  6. Eye-grabbing picture. I suppose it's okay if they leave the brandy ad at the entrance to the underground, as long as they don't put them in the parking garages.

    I don't get around to posting comments often enough but I want to tell you how much I enjoy your blog. I've only been to Sydney once, fifteen years ago. Your pictures really make me want to come back and see all that's changed.