Sunday, 10 May 2009

Hyde Park, Heart of the City (2)

The ANZAC War Memorial in South Hyde Park was completed in 1934 and is celebrating its 75th Anniversary this year. Hyde Park itself was gazetted in 1810 and within two days held its first football match. The War Memorial is in memory of the Australian Imperial Forces who fought in WW1. Until the first quarter of the 20th century Hyde Park South was bordered with low rise shops and elegant terraces. It was not until after the construction of the Memorial that high rise buildings began to crowd out the park and its symbolic relationship with the heart of the city.

Below is a photograph of the building of The Memorial coming to an end with the digging of the Lake of Reflections.

10 comments:

Lois said...

Excellent comparison shots between then and now! Your night shot is also quite stunning with the lights reflecting on the water.

Clueless in Boston said...

Beautiful monument. I love seeing the old photo to compare the current view.

Jacob said...

Love the night shot, and the construction photo puts it all into perspective.

Great job!

MaCoBra said...

Interesting reed! Hyde park sounds verg english to me, isnt there one in london? Great night shots. Its a nice day today, i will nog spend too much time blogging today, cheers from marcel

Joan Elizabeth said...

Julie, these city at night shots are fabulous. I think the war memorial is a particularly beautiful building inside and out ... very art deco.

Julie said...

Thank you to each of you for the kind words about the night shots. I am enjoying the process very much. The old shot has to come first though you will understand to enable me to try to replicate it.

The Memorial is very art deco and bears a striking resemblance to the pylons of the Harbour Bridge which I have only realised today.

It is tempting to bring you images of the interiors of the Memorial, however, it is too sacred even for moi.

brattcat said...

I agree with the others. This is an extremely fine shot. Your respect for the symbol of the memorial translates into an extraordinarily sensitive image. Beautiful, Julie. Thank you.

Coşkun said...

Hi Julie,
Thanks for sharing photos. There is also memorial in Gallipoli. Great shots. I like your shots and old photos. Bye.

JM said...

Isn't it great to compare both photos? Fantastic night shot!

French Sydneysider said...

Amazing night shot! I walk through Hyde Park almost everyday and now I won't be the same after seeing the then and now!