Saturday, 31 March 2007
Rising 50 storeys (170m), the Harry Seidler designed round tower in Australia Square, was the tallest building in Australia from 1967 to 1976. There's a revolving restaurant on top (of course!) .
Culwalla Chambers, a brick building completed in 1912 at 50 metres in height, remained the tallest office building for many years. Its construction provoked a regulation limiting the height of buildings to 45 metres, a regulation which stayed in force until the 1960s.
Prior to this building, one of the tallest structures in Sydney (other than the Harbour Bridge arch) was the AWA Tower, which looks like a mini Eiffel Tower, and featured here previously.
The tallest building in Australia is now an all- residential tower block on the Gold Coast, called Q1 (323m) and the tallest office tower is 120 Collins St in Melbourne (264m) - midgets compared to Taipei 101, Petronas Towers in Kuala Lumpur and Sears Tower in Chicago.
Friday, 30 March 2007
Thursday, 29 March 2007
Wednesday, 28 March 2007
Tuesday, 27 March 2007
35% of Sydney was born overseas; in my suburb it is 43.3%. The top 10 places they come from are: Lebanon - 8.7%; Macedonia (former Republic Yugoslavia) - 6.8%; New Zealand - 2.6%; China - 2.5%; UK - 2.3%; Italy - 2.0%; Fiji - 1.3%; Philippines - 1.2%; Indonesia - 0.9%.
Update: oops! J Bar commented inside that I seemed to have forgotten Greece. Yes, I did! Greece is = # 5 with the UK on 2.3%!
And - if you're interested in languages spoken at home, I've added that inside!
Those figures are from the 2001 census.
55% of the overseas born people in my suburb arrived before 1986.
Monday, 26 March 2007
Sunday, 25 March 2007
All over New South Wales today, schools, church halls, community halls were transformed into polling places for our state election.
We vote for representatives in both houses of the State Paliament - one member per local electorate, and a range of people to the Upper House (that's the big ballot paper; you don't have to vote for them all - you can choose to vote for a party, or as many candidates as you wish).
Voting is compulsory in Australia. It is sen as one of the obligations and responsibilities that comes with democratic citizenry.
People supporting various political parties offer you "How To Vote" material outside the actual voting hall (it is illegal for party workers to be inside). Inside the gate you can see people queueing to cast their votes. The next NSW state election will be on Saturday March 26, 2011.
Saturday, 24 March 2007
Friday, 23 March 2007
Thursday, 22 March 2007
Wednesday, 21 March 2007
Tuesday, 20 March 2007
Monday, 19 March 2007
In the 1960s, many such houses were built in suburban areas. Unlike today's huge McMansions, they were often small, fuctional, with clean lines. As far as I know, this house is the only example of the type of 1960s modernist architecture in my area. Love it, or hate it, it is an example of an era, and I suspect that this one won't survive much longer - many have already been demolished to make way for the larger houses demanded today.
Sunday, 18 March 2007
Saturday, 17 March 2007
I often see this man in the area around where I work.
What I found particularly touching was his plastic bag of possessions and hat placed so trustingly nearby. His body position is also very open. On railway staions they have now placed dividing arms on the benches so that people can no longer use them as a sleeping place.
Friday, 16 March 2007
This cottage, in the historic Rocks area of Sydney was built in 1816. It is the oldest surviving residence. The first shelters built by Europeans were wattle and daub huts, or wooden slab huts. None of those exist any more. More here.
Thursday, 15 March 2007
Wednesday, 14 March 2007
Tuesday, 13 March 2007
Sydney Theatre Company (soon to be under the artistic direction of Cate Blanchett and her husband Andrew Upton) has several venues: Wharf 1 and 2, Sydney Theatre (opposite the Wharf) and the Drama Theatre at the Opera House. I particularly love The Wharf - a great example of re-use of older facilities (ie a finger wharf on Sydney Harbour), when it is so easy to demolish redundant buildings from an earlier age. I love the use of painted iron and wood.
Piers 4/5 at Walsh Bay serve as home to many arts companies. Apart from STC, there are rehearsal spaces and offices for various performing arts companies: Sydney Dance Company, Australian Theatre for Young People, Bangara Dance Company, Sydney Children's Choir, Sydney Philharmonia Choirs.
When you come to Sydney, make sure to enjoy some of our outstanding performing arts offerings!
Monday, 12 March 2007
Sunday, 11 March 2007
Saturday, 10 March 2007
Friday, 9 March 2007
Thursday, 8 March 2007
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Tuesday, 6 March 2007
Monday, 5 March 2007
Sunday, 4 March 2007
Saturday, 3 March 2007
Friday, 2 March 2007
Thursday, 1 March 2007
62 Daily Photo sites are participating in the 1st March theme, "Men at work", please use the links to below to visit them. Due to time zone differences and other factors, the theme photo may not be displayed until later if you are viewing early in the day.
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