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Memorial to Indigenous Soldiers
Not much is told about Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders who fought side by side with other Australians during the wars. But this new military Memorial is built to recognize their contribution and to those who died. The terrible and sad truth is that Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders were not counted as citizens and did not have a right to vote until a referrendum in 1967 changed things. Aboriginal people were from 1967 onward, counted in the Census, and allowed to vote.
Counting indigenous people in the census, counting them as human beings, was a political "win" for those states such as Western Australia which had a large indigenous population and felt that the way to get more senators in Federal Parliament was to count the indigenous people in the census. If the indigenous population were counted as human beings, as citizens, then Western Australia for example, could qualify to have more Federal senators in Federal Parliament.
So the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander men who served in the military before 1967 served a country, fought, and some died, for a country which did not even recognise them as citizens or count them as human beings!*
What is also terrible is that after the referrendum, racist attitudes still exist. There is still racial discrimination.
- Historical Travel
Much like it's counterpart in London, Sydney's Hyde Park has a commanding city centre location, with iconic and historic buildings seeming to crown each of the paths that lead from its centrepiece, the Archibald Fountain. St Mary's Cathedral, the Sydney Tower, the Barracks Museum, and St James Church all circle the fountain at the north end of the park. And just beyond it, leading down to the harbour, are the Royal Botanic Gardens. It's Australia's oldest park, and a notable piece of history in itself.
Relax a few steps from the downtown
We walked a few blocks and found ourselves in this wonderful park just next to the downtwon district. Festivals and art displays are found here along with fountains and trees. It is a great place to relax and rest tired feet from pounding the pavement shopping nearby.
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Hyde Park Obelisk
Hyde Park Obelisk is locate din Hyde Park at the intersection of Elizabeth Street and Bathurst Street. The Obeslisk has stood in the Park since 1857 and was modeled after Cleopatra's Needle in London. The Obelisk is not mere decoration it also served as a sewer vent...pretty nasty huh.
Hyde Park is located in the city center, a short walk from Queen Victoria Building. This is one of the beautiful parks that you can visit together with other landmarks in Sydney like ANZAZ Memorial, St Mary Cathedral. You can walk toward north to see State Library NSW, Parliament of NSW , Sydney Hospital, and The mint.
This park has many big trees and The Archibald fountain in built in the middle of the park. People who love chess can hang out at the big chess display near St James Station.
This is a must visit place in Sydney... specially St Mary Cathedral.
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- Arts and Culture
Sydney's Hyde Park is named after the Hyde Park in London. This Hyde Park is a perfect rectangle. The park has beautiful trees, fountains and benches. Surrounding the park are St. Mary's Cathedral, The Australia Museum, Anzac Memorial and the hospital.
We love wandering the park in the early morning. It is beautiful to see the sun peeking up then in full glow. During this time of day you are virtually alone in the park except for an occasional jogger passing by. Whenever we are visiting Sydney we find ourselves in the Park. During the day and late afternoon expect the park to be full of activity, children playing, people picnicking, skaters, bike riders and even a food festival at certain times during the year.
Stop at the café in the park by the Anzac Memorial for a snack or meal to enjoy on a park bench.
Hyde Park Barracks
One of the best museums I have been to! The barracks were first used to house criminals, then female immigrants and finally a home for the aged. The barracks are set up for all of them. The first few floors have artifacts and show the structure of the building. You can see where the rats have eaten designs through the floor!
Higher up is an exhibit on Christianity in the colony and a display of the hammocks used by the original prisoners. This structure was built in the early 1800s.
Open Daily 9.30am – 5.00pm
Closed Christmas Day and Good Friday
Tree-lined walkways, fountains, statues, speakers corner, chess, War Memorial... this park is diverse in its contents as it is in the people it attracts.
I recommend going there on a sunny day and take some lunch and go lie on the grass and take a bit of timeout from the hustle & bustle of the city.
A walk in the park
The Hyde Park is the main park in the city of Sydney. It's a great place for a nice relaxing walk and you get to see a nice collection of trees, plants and flowers. There are also a few landmarks such as the ANZAC war memorial which pays tribute to the Australian and Kiwi troops who fought in the past as well as the Captain Cook's statute and the Archibald Fountain.
Captain Cook Statue
The Captain Cook Statue in Hyde Park is a large bronze statue of the famous Captain. The statue has the Captain facing Sydney Harbour with a telescope in one hand and the other hand raised to the sky as if he has spotted something on the horizon.
The statue was erected to commemorate Captain Cook's discovery of the east coast of Australia in 1770 and the statue was unveiled in 1879.
Liz and I had fun doing our own "Captain Cook" pose..
Hyde Park Barracks
Hyde Park Barracks were built in 1819 by the convict and architect Francis Greenway. They were built by convicts and inhabited by prisoners. The structures are Georgian in style and now serve as a museum. The museum displays log books, early settlement artifacts,ships' hammocks in which visitors can lie and listen to fragments of prisoner conversation. This museum is a definite look into the early beginings of Sydney during it's colonial past.
$10 admission to the museum for adults.
Sandringham Garden is located in Hyde Park. The garden was created for King George VI to look like the King's home in Sandringham England. The King died before the planned visit in 1953. In 1954 Quen Elizabeth II (King George VI's daughter) visited the gardens and used a ceremonial key to unlock the gates.
We fist visited the garden together during our 2007 trip and most recently we returned in 2010. The garden appears to have had a makeover since our last visit but it was still as beautiful as we remembered it to be.
Sandringham Gardens in located in Hyde Park. The gardens were created for King George VI to look like the King's home in Sandringham England. The King died before the planned visit in 1953. In 1954 Quen Elizabeth II (King George VI's daughter) visited the gardens and used a ceremonial key to unlock the gates.
We visited the gardens in the early morning sunshine and it was beautiful. There were no other people but us and the Garden has a peaceful quietness about it.
- Historical Travel
Hyde Park Water Fountain
In Hye Park by the Australia Museum was an interesting structure. Uon closer inspection it was once a working water fountain. The structure was quite beautiful in a reddish terracotta color with high arches and intricate carvings.
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A Beautiful Park in the Heart of the City
Hyde Park was a wonderful park in the heart of the city. Hyde Park was named after the famous Hyde Park in London and for me it has the same charm. We visited at the perfect time of year when the weather was not too hot and the park was lush and green. The park has beautiful trees and fountains and plenty of places to relax and get lost in thought. My favorite part of the park was the Archibald Fountain. Surrounding the park is St. Mary's Cathedral, The Australia Museum, Anzac Memorial and the hospital.
Chris and I spent our first morning in Sydney stroling through the park in the early morning light. We stopped for a bagel at a cafe and enjoyed our breakfast on a nice park bench.
We came back several times during our trip and the park was full of activity,joggers, children playing games, vendors seeling snacks and beverages, people picnicing, skaters, bike riders and a nightime food festival.
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