Tuesday, 20 September 2011

Rushcutters pedestrian overpass


From this walkway, with the Wlliam Street tunnel beneath me, with the Cross-City Tunnel beneath me, with New South Head Road beneath me, and with the Eastern Suburbs railway beneath me, I stand and gaze up the embankment that is part of Paddington. Permit me to point out two parts of the landscape.

In the centre mid-ground there is a mass of trees, just before that high-rise on the horizon. This is the wooded part of Trumper Park that I showed you extensively earlier this year. Immediately 'beneath' this tree-mass, in a series of manicured sporting fields. These are the sporting fields of Sydney Grammar School, known as 'Weigal'. These fields used to be the location of two Sydney landmarks of my youth: White City, and The Stadium. White City was a series of tennis courts where many of the Australian tennis triumphs of the '50s occurred. The Stadium was a 'structure'- in reality a tin shed - where many boxing matches occurred and music concerts were staged. The Beatles performed at The Stadium, as did Peter, Paul & Mary.


Yes, if you were wondering, these shots were taken on different days, using different cameras.

12 comments:

Rae Walter said...

Julie you have jogged my memory of White City. Ah the good ol' days. I had forgotten all about that. Love the perspective of the top shot.

Kay L. Davies said...

I agree with Rae. I love the top shot. It is a beautiful photo, worthy of framing, even if it doesn't show Sydney's history.
The Beatles; and Peter, Paul and Mary? Did you see them? I liked Peter, Paul and Mary long before I even knew what a Beatle was, and would have preferred their concert.
Always interesting to learn about Sydney, which I only visited once, and that for a short few days.
Keep in touch.
Luv — K

Kay, Alberta, Canada
An Unfittie's Guide to Adventurous Travel

Julie said...

Rae: I will take you on a trip down memory lane over the next couple of days.

Kay: I think The Beatles & PP&M were about the same time, from memory 1963/64. I did not see The Beatles, but did see PP&M.

Mark said...

Your first shot is like a Jeffery Smart painting.

J Bar said...

Brilliant perspective in that first shot.

Ann said...

Great lines in the top shot.

Genie -- Paris and Beyond said...

The perspective of that first photo is stunning and with great lines. I love this last one with the repeating bars and retreating steps.

Bises,
Genie

Joe said...

Love the first photograph. The contrast of the curves with the vertical lines provides a great contrast. A fantastic abstract piece.

Joan Elizabeth said...

The top shot is a lovely study in lines.

Your commentary makes me realise I was no Sydneysider in my youth.

Jeff said...

Gorgeous colors and lines with the top walkway image, and fine photos all around!

Julie said...

Thank you, Jeff. Much appreciated.

flowers delivered sydney said...

Such a nice views...i would love to see more photos, post more.