Thursday, January 20, 2011

It's still standing!

The blog was so happy to find the obelisk alive and well in the Sydney Central Business District. It was erected by Governor Macquarie in 1818 to serve as a reference for the distances of other settlements from Sydney. It was designed by the convict architect Frances Greenway (who also designed the Hyde Park Barracks) and features Greek revival details, some of which are still visible. The inscription is the original. The white sandstone was locally quarried. There is a further story about the unintended consequences of this beautiful obelisk, which the blog will consider in a future post.

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