Tuesday, November 18, 2008

Sydney Day 04 = The Rocks and The Botanical Gardens

The Rocks

Aboriginal artwork


Didgeridoo's lining the ceiling of this small shop at The Rocks.


The Rocks is where all the British convicts first came, this was the start to what is Sydney today.

"From the earliest history of the settlement, the area had a reputation as a slum, often frequented by visiting sailors and prostitutes. During the late 1800s, the area was dominated by a gang known as the Rocks Push. It maintained this rough reputation until approximately the 1970s.

By the early twentieth century, many of the area's historic buildings were in serious decay. In 1900, bubonic plague broke out, and the state government resumed areas around The Rocks and Darling Harbour, with the intention of demolishing them and rebuilding them. Part of the area was demolished, but redevelopment plans were stalled by the outbreak of World War I.

During the 1920s, several hundred buildings were demolished during the construction of the Sydney Harbour Bridge. However, the outbreak of World War II once again stalled many of the redevelopment plans, and it was not until the 1960s that serious attempts to demolish much of the area were revived."


These are the backyards of past. There were walls that separated the spaces where you see the lines on the pavement.

The Museum of Contemporary Art.

The Opera House view from The Botanical Gardens.

The Botanical Gardens

The Governer's House.

Someone had a bad day.

Can you see the bats?

1 comment:

wordsandthoughts said...

"Someone had a bad day" I love that picture. Also, the video was pretty cool, gave me more insight on those odd little white birds. I love your pictures, they are truly beautiful; each more captivating than the next. Great art, Maria.. wonderful words and thoughts. Can't wait to see you when you get home!

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