From Pillar to Post

We noticed this strange pillar standing in Sydney Harbour at Bradleys Head. It looks like a public artwork about the dangers of global warming and rising sea levels. Or maybe the ruins of an old waterside funfair.

But in fact it is one of six Doric columns that used to adorn the old GPO, built in 1847 and demolished in 1863. This column was placed in Sydney Harbour, exactly  one nautical mile from the tower on Fort Denison, and used for sea trial measurements.

Southern Exposure

While we were at Watsons Bay during our recent visit to Sydney, we walked around the South Head Heritage Trail, which takes in a variety of buildings and structures from the 1850s. The 1858 Lighthouse Keepers’ Cottage​ above is near the lighthouse, which we featured a few weeks back. The fortifications and gun placements below (with North Head in the distance) date back to 1854.

The obelisk below was built in the 1850s and used as a navigation aid for ships entering the harbour. During World War 2, an anti-torpedo boom stretched across the harbour from this point.

History Goes Underground

During our visit to Sydney last week, we stayed near Museum railway station – opened in 1926 and one of our favourite underground stations in Sydney.

The station’s name refers to the fact that is near the Australian Museum, but the station is itself a bit of a museum, with old wall tiles, signs and advertisements. A Ford for £173 ($346)? My, times have changed!