Saturday, 21 March 2015

A dwarfed Sydney Town Hall


I was standing at the intersection of York and Market Streets. My faher worked In D & W Murray (Wholesale Haberdasher) on this corner from 1935 (aged 14) until he joined the army in September 1942. (aged 21). I like York Street, as it has retained many of its early buildings.

On the left is the massive Queen Victoria Building (QVB) which was built between 1893 and 1898, and has had numerous face-lifts since then. I remember borrowing books from the City Library which used to be housed therein. That was where I was first introduced to Charmaine Clift. Who? I hear you ask. Nevermind.

6 comments:

Jo said...

You're so lucky that the city fathers still care about preserving your beautiful old buildings. In our country those buildings are falling into disrepair. Thanks for sharing...

Andrew said...

I know very well who Charmaine Clift is. What was she doing in Sydney?

Luis Gomez said...

Beautiful street Julie.

Julie said...

Trying ro write, and at the same time be married to George Johnstone. She lived in Mosman, and wrote columns for the SMH, in addition to her novels based on their life in the Greek Islands.
How do YOU know her?

William Kendall said...

I think I prefer the older architecture to the modern work.

Joan Elizabeth said...

Well I know of Charmaine but have not read any of her work. I I also know she was married to George Johnstone and have not read any of his either. His book My Brother Jack was on the school reding list in my brothers senior year so I know of that book. My husband was in the same year and says the book should have been " I and my brother Jack". It was the late 60 s in Qld and there sex scenes in the book which were cut out of the Student Edition. I must read it one day.