Thursday, 3 May 2012

Sydney's GPO - an exploration

Known as 'Little Brother' this clock replaced the original Angelo Tornaghi designed clock in 1878. They both preceded the more well-known Clock Tower. 'Little Brother' protrudes over George Street, and this photograph was taken from Barrack Street. This incarnation of the GPO was designed by James Barnet.

Although Barnet was smitten, the original clock dial was difficult to see from street level, and the populace despised it. Its replacement has three dials, each six feet in diameter. This George Street clock became the chief time-piece in the central city until the construction of the Clock Tower (Big Brother) in 1891.

12 comments:

Luis Gomez said...

Love these!

Min fotogen said...

Härliga foton från en härlig stad!

Julie said...

To translate from the Swedish: Glorious photos from a beautiful city!

Jim said...

Great abstract. Such a magnificent building that I haven't focused on the clock.

Ann said...

I particularly like that clock.

Jo said...

love that first photo.

brattcat said...

i love public timepieces...they would make a great theme wouldn't they?

Julie said...

Yes, they would. Why don't you suggest it?

Halcyon said...

A beautiful and ornate clock!

NixBlog said...

Just never realised bow big this clock was until I read your commentary about the dial being 2m (have to translate to metric :-) in diameter!

Julie said...

1.8m Nick. Massive, I agree.

Joan Elizabeth said...

The clock at that angle looks like a turtle with its neck sticking out.