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Australia and Australians

This is pretty funny….. AUSTRALIA AND AUSTRALIANS The following has been written by the late Douglas Adams of “Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy” fame. “Australia is a very confusing place, taking up a large amount of the bottom half of the planet. It is recognisable from orbit because of many unusual features, including what at…

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January 25, 2022

A true friend in uncertain times

Located in Circular Quay at the gateway to Sydney’s CBD, 33 Alfred Street has been a prominent feature on the Sydney skyline for more than 50 years and remains the home and headquarters of AMP to this day. Opened in 1962, the AMP ‘Sydney Cove’ Building, designed by Peddle Thorp & Walker (now PTW Architects),…

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December 2, 2021

Silent house of pain

Sydney’s asylums are haunting monuments to a shameful chapter in our criminal and medical history. Shut away from a public that was fearful of the “wild-eyed lunatic”, the city’s poorly-funded asylums became a dragnet that would catch the forgot, the poor, the criminal and, of course, the mentally ill. There were plenty of success stories,…

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December 1, 2021

The past that inspires tomorrow

Located in front of the Western Sydney University building in central Parramatta is a piece of pulci art with quite an incredible story behind it. This work of art is a statue of a boy, so lifelike that he seems about to step down from his low pedestal and stride off into the distance. His…

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November 30, 2021

A totem in time

Monumental in scale and ambition, The Eyes of the Land and the Sea by Alison Page and Nik Lachajczak commemorates the 250th anniversary of the 1770 encounter between Aboriginal Australians and Lt James Cook’s crew of the HMB Endeavour at Kamay Botany Bay National Park, Australia. The artwork is cast in bronze and takes the…

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November 29, 2021

Grazie mille Sydney

Post war in the 1950’s and 60’s there was a wave of mass migration from Italy to Australia, and specifically from the lesser-known hillside town of San Fele (located in the southern region of Basilicata), to the then Drummoyne Municipality of Sydney, Australia. Thousands of men and women arrived to this new land, and bandied…

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November 24, 2021

Reflection

In 2014, Sydney endured one of the darkest moments in our history. A lone gunman, Maron Haron Monis, held hostage ten customers and eight employees of a Lindt chocolate café located at Martin Place in Sydney, Australia. After a 16-hour standoff, a gunshot was heard from inside and police officers from the Tactical Operations Unit stormed the café. Tragically,…

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November 19, 2021

The Distance of your Heart

On a recent wander through the city one quiet evening my wife and I stumbled upon a small bird sitting still on a railing within Macquarie Park. The dull light of the evening dusk obscured our view and we thought that this small bird was such a brave little thing, standing ever so still as…

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November 17, 2021

The Sweet Life

If you never liked school, you may have just been attending the wrong one. Located in Mosman with views of Sydney Harbour you will be the lessons you have been looking for. But no one is looking out the window during these lessons, they’re too busy mixing huge bowls of melted chocolate or sprinkling on…

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November 12, 2021

A step, step, step back in time

For decades, Sydney locals would plunge the depths into Wynyard Station by using the wooden escalators in York Street. Terribly nostalgic with a rhymical rattling sound, over time these would become more of a problem than they were worth. With great sadness they would be replaced. So, what to do with the four tracks of…

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November 11, 2021