End of the line

Against the buffer, at the end of the train line.

This is steam engine 3526 at the former Mortuary Station, Sydney. The station opened in 1869 and was the terminus of the Rookwood Cemetery line. The line, as you may have guessed, served to transport bodies from central Sydney to Rookwood Cemetery in Lidcombe, western Sydney. I took this photo from another steam-engine-hauled heritage train during the NSW Rail Museum’s heritage weekend in May.

Posted as part of October Squares Lines&Squares


Cruise Line

Queen Mary 2 passing the Sydney Harbour Bridge

Strictly speaking, the Cunard ships are ocean liners rather than cruise liners. But let’s not quibble! Here they are all seen in Sydney and all at night.

Queen Victoria (with strange purple lighting) at the Overseas Passenger Terminal, Sydney

Queen Elizabeth passing the Sydney Opera House

The part that was lost in the square crop reads “The Most Famous Ocean Liners in the World”

I’ve read that a fourth ship will join the Cunard fleet in 2022. I’m curious to see how they update this poster, which is itself a modern version of a classic Cunard poster c1914 that featured Mauretania, Berengaria and Aquitania. And which queen’s name will the new ship bear?

Posted as part of October Squares Lines&Squares


Let sleeping dragons lie

Sleeping dragon sculpture, Darling Point, Sydney

Sleeping dragon sculpture, Darling Point, Sydney

How cute is this snoozing dragon? 🙂 I came across him (her?) last weekend while exploring my new neighbourhood. My plan was to get the ferry from Darling Point to Double Bay — an absurdly short 5-minute ride, but living on the harbour is a novelty and ferries have always been a treat, so why walk? I was delighted to find this wee dragon curled up beside a pond near the ferry wharf.

But, I was not sure the dragon, which is carved, qualified as a sculpture. All good, though: Subtractive sculpture involve removing material from a large piece to achieve a sculptural form. Woodcarving and stone carving are both examples of subtractive sculpture. (source)

Sleeping dragon sculpture, Darling Point, Sydney

Sleeping dragon sculpture, Darling Point, Sydney

Posted as part of Sculpture Saturday


Vivid blue elephants

Projection onto a building, Taronga Zoo

Elephant film projected onto a building, Taronga Zoo

Not only are these blue elephants “vivid” in their colour, but they were part of the recent Vivid light festival in Sydney. They were, unsurprisingly, at the zoo.

elephant film, Taronga Zoo

A frame from the same elephant film seen above, on a screen this time

Illuminated elephant, Taronga Zoo

Elephant light installation

The theme for July Squares is Blue.


Random Fridays: Eternity

Eternity, Central Station 2019

Eternity, Central Station 2019

“Eternity” — the word was found on the pavements of Sydney for 30 years, handwritten in chalk. This was decades before I moved to Sydney in 1999, by which time the graffito and the man responsible for it had become embedded in the city’s psyche. You can read about Arthur Stace and his graffito here.

The photo above was taken at Central Station a couple of weeks ago. I was there for the steam trains and noticed that the food court area, which has been closed for years, had finally re-opened. But what a difference! Gone are all the ugly 20th century fake walls and ceilings and now we have the original Victorian glory of the rooms. In the original booking hall there’s now a sleek bar and grill — named Eternity, and featuring Stace’s famous script as its logo.

The photo below is truly awful quality and I apologise for that (scan of a poor print) but it shows “Eternity” in use again. On the eve of the millennium, when Sydney put on a show to exceed all other new year’s eve shows, the last of the fireworks fell to the harbour’s water — and “Eternity” appeared on the bridge, shining through the smoke.

Eternity, NYE 1999

Eternity, New Year’s Eve 1999