Monday, 11 May 2009
The symbol of The Cross
It is difficult to convey to people who do not live in Sydney, how iconic the Coke sign at the top of The Cross is. Kings Cross is an inner-city suburb of Sydney - on the first ridge eastwards - and has a reputation for crime and a range of unsavoury behaviours. When I was coming of age it was the suburb with the highest density of people per-square-whatever, although I suspect this has now been overtaken by Pyrmont.
The neon sign - erected in 1966 - dominates William Street and is a recognised Sydney meeting point, along with "under the clock at Central" and "on the Town Hall steps". This old newsprint image - taken at the end of 1974 - shows KX tunnel under construction.