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Botanical Sun Dial

Royal Botanic Gardens sundial, Sydney

The sundial in the Royal Botanic Gardens, Sydney, dates to 1993, so it’s not as old as it looks. Allowing for us being on summer time now (requiring the addition of an hour), the sundial’s time matched that on my phone. Simple, but amazing!

Royal Botanic Gardens sundial, Sydney

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Christmas+Time

Martin Place Christmas Tree and GPO clock

This is a close-up of part of the Christmas Tree in Martin Place, with the clock tower of the old GPO (General Post Office) behind. I took this photo just before 12pm yesterday (Christmas Eve), a glorious summer’s day here in Sydney.

Season’s Greetings to everyone!

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Time Down Under

Paddington Town Hall clock tower

Paddington Town Hall clock tower

The Paddington in this post is a suburb of Sydney, not London (and there are no talking bears from darkest Peru, I’m afraid). This clock tower was finished in 1905 to commemorate the coronation of Edward VII. The empty flag poles jutting out make me think of a propeller, as if the tower will start to spin and become airborne.

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Stop all the clocks

No man has the power to tell just where the hands will stop, at late or early hour.

“No man has the power to tell just where the hands will stop, at late or early hour.”

A mix of quotes in this post: the title is from a W H Auden poem, the photo caption is from “The Clock of Life” by Robert H Smith. This particular stopped clock is on Cockatoo Island in Sydney Harbour: convict prison; industrial school and reformatory for girls; ship building site; dockyard; and now urban campground and cultural events venue. From 1857 to 1991, Cockatoo Island was Australia’s primary shipbuilding and repair facility. I find something quite poignant in this clock, its frozen hands hinting at a time when the cavernous building in which it hangs bustled with noise and work.

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