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    Archibald Fountain

    by cjg1 Written Dec 18, 2008

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    The Archibald Fountain is the first thing we saw upon entering Hyde Park. The fountain is very nice. It a popular spot for wedding pictures and to meet up with friends. We of course took our "touristy" pics in front of the fountain.

    The fountain was constructed to commemorate the Australians involvement with the French in WWI.

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    Hyde Park

    by iandsmith Updated Dec 7, 2008

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    The piece of architecture in pic 2 is dedicated to the memory of Mayor John Harris, who, in 1889, stood in the newly opened Town Hall and declared 'it must be remembered that the building in which we are now assembled has not been erected for the requirements of today, but of future generations'.
    Hyde Park is full of items of interest, not the least the famous classical fountain shown here in the opening pic.
    As with all parks it has some lovely floral (pic 3) though I found the fallen buds (pic 4) were just as colourful.
    Another standout in the park is the statue of Captain Cook who was killed in Owhyhee. If that's mystified you, you may know it as Hawaii where he was speared on his third voyage. The statue records it as Owhyhee though, a fascinating bit of trivia. (pic 5)
    Hyde Park was where cricket was first played in Australia in 1803 but don't go looking for any reminders there today. Indeed, the biggest thing in Hyde Park is the tomb of the unknown soldier, a pooignant reminder (yet again) of the follyl of war.

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    Hyde Park Barracks

    by Jim_Eliason Updated Nov 12, 2008

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    Built in 1819, this is one of the few remaining convict barracks in Sydney. Inside is a musuem dedicated to showing convict life in this building. After the end of the convict system, this building is currently being used as a home for single women and government offices.

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    The Hyde Park

    by ValbyDK Updated Oct 19, 2008

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    The Hyde Park is a good place to start your sightseeing in Sydney. The Park is located close to St. Mary’s Cathedral and the Parliament House (see my other tips) – and within walking distance to the Darling Harbour.

    The Park was named after the original Hyde Park in London. It has been used as a recreation area since 1792, first as a racecourse and later as a cricket ground.

    In the centre of Hyde Park you’ll find the Archibald Fountain, unveiled in 1932 in honour of Australia’s contribution to the Great War in France.

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    SYDNEY..HYDE PARK..WAR MEMORIAL...VIEW..

    by DennyP Updated Jul 17, 2008

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    When in Hyde Park you may like to visit The War Memorial..These memorials to Australians are very revered sites ..and most travellers view only from the outside ..but inside the Memorial downstairs is a small military museum and anyone with a military interest ..there are many items and uniforms etc.from the First and Second World Wars...also films are usually being shown of different conflicts...when I was there.. there was a film of the Australian Light Horse in the Middle East...very interesting...THERE IS NO ADMISSION CHARGE..

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    Stroll Through Hyde Park, Always a Joy to Visit!

    by AusPinay Updated Jul 13, 2008

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    Scenic Hyde Park is one of our family's fave spots- whatever the season! It is easily accessible as it is at the heart of the city of Sydney. You will not miss it as it is just right across St. Mary's Cathedral which is an imposing building.

    Wander through lush gardens, hundred year old magnificent trees, mostly spectacular Moreton Bay fig trees (my favourite) with their leafy shades lining the walkways and offering solace from the chaos of the city.

    Other features of this park are lush gardens with blooming flowers, leafy trees and shrubs, and the very popular fountain,majestic Archibald Fountain. This fountain was designed by François Sicard and donated by J.F. Archibald in 1932 in honour of Australia's contribution to the Great War in France. Also at the northern end are the Nagoya Gardens featuring a giant outdoor chess set and the entrance to the underground St. James railway station.

    Don't take my word for it, this park, named after London's original Hyde Park is a joy to visit!

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    Hyde Park

    by kelyeah Updated Apr 2, 2008
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    Hyde Park is beautiful and you will be amazed at how many people are chilling out in there. At one end there is a massive fountain and this is where most people sit and have there lunch or read a book. At the other end there is the Anzac War Memorial with is basically deserted and very peaceful. I recommend taking a look at the War Memorial and when you are on the top level look up at the roof, it's covered in small gold stars, billions of them.
    Hyde Park is a great place to just sit and relax and you will find people just sitting around sun baking or playing frisbee, it's a really weird contrast to the super busy people on the other side of the road as it is right in the middle of the city.

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    Hyde Park

    by leffe3 Updated Aug 26, 2006

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    Named after its London counterpart, Hyde Park is a welcome bit of green in the middle of the city. It used to be the city's racecourse until the 1820s. Then it became somewhat sleazy, attracting the undesirables and hosting private sports such as boxing and wrestling.

    But now all has changed, and its an oasis of green and spectacular avenues of enormous Moreton Bay Fig Trees . These days it attracts both tourists and office-workers. It also acts as a sort of demarkation line and the end, on the eastern and southern side at least, of the CBD.

    At the southern end of the park is the art deco Anzac War Memorial; at the northern end the Archibald Fountain, commemorating the Australian-French Alliance of 1914-18. (It's also a great meeting point). To the east, the park is overlooked by the massive St Mary's Cathedral

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    The Barracks at Hyde Park

    by Gypsystravels Updated Aug 21, 2006

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    We didn't have time to explore the interior of the Barracks. Reading my guide book I have a better understanding of what this structure was used for and what is its main purpose now.

    I was originally contructed to house convicts, later it was used as a hostel to house immigrant women and then used as a courthouse.

    Currently, this structure is a musuem highlighting the building's history and Sydney's colonial life.

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    Relax within the heart of the city at Hyde Park

    by Joseph69 Updated Aug 14, 2006

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    Many people use this park to go from A to B, but it's also really nice to enjoy this park so close to the city centre and enjoy a little serenity.

    There is a cafe at the northern end of Hyde park (next to St James railway station) if you feel like grabbing a coffee or a sandwich to take with you. There is also a giant chess board nearby the station, which is pretty cool.

    Don't forget the southern area of the park, where the War Memorial stands in front of the Pool of Rememberance.

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    Chillin' at Hyde Park

    by WaRPer Written Jul 12, 2006

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    Another favorite family’s spot in Sydney. This is the biggest public park at the heart of the city, just a short walk from Central Station or right there is Museum Station. The park is divided into 2 sections, the North and South. Also some other tourist’s attractions around the park; Archibald Memorial Fountain, St Mary's Cathedral, St James Church, Barracks Museum………and take view of the Sydney Tower.

    Just grab a book, your lunch, go there and enjoy watching beautiful people and little kids playin’ around.

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    Hyde Park

    by imstress Updated Apr 26, 2006

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    Hyde Park is located right in the heart of Sydney city.

    The Supreme Court of New South Wales, Hyde Park Barracks and Sydney Hospital and St Mary's Cathedral are atrractions within walking distance.

    You will find the Archibald Fountain located at the centre of Hyde Park. It was unveiled in March 1932 in honour of Australia's contribution to the Great War in France.

    The Anzac War Memorial is also situated at one end of Hyde Park.

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    A GREEN SPACE

    by aussiejen Written Apr 24, 2006

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    Hyde Park is a terrific green space in the city between Elizabeth St and College St.
    Perfect spot to sit for a while on one of the many seats or sprawl out on the grass as lots of others do.

    Don't miss the ANZAC War Memorial, it's a tribute to those who died in World War 1. It is open Monday - Saturday 10am - 4pm, Sunday 1am - 4pm.

    At the other end of the park you'll find the Archibald Fountain. A great spot for photo oppotunities!

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    King George V and VI Gardens/Ampitheater

    by 850prc Updated Jul 22, 2005

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    King George Gardens and Ampitheater, Hyde Park

    In the middle section of Hyde Park, namely the area slightly NE of the Park Street and Elizabeth Street intersection, lies a rose garden and small ampitheater dedicated in honor of King(s) George V and VI. The dedication reflects Australia's long history and ties to the United Kingdom. They don't say "for king and country" for nothing, right?

    But, due to a continued rise in Republican attitudes (Aussie Republicans, not US), they're saying it a lot less often.

    This was a pleasant and peaceful corner of the park. And, I'm sure it's spectacular in spring in summer as the blooms are at their peak.

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    Archibald Fountain at Hyde Park

    by 850prc Updated Jul 22, 2005

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    Apollo says, WARM UP THE WATER !

    At the northern end of Hyde Park (the area adjacent to St. James Road/Prince Albert Street, lies the Archibald Fountain.

    As with any great fountain, EVERYTHING involved seems to be spitting water. The centerpieces of the fountain feature statues of Diana and Apollo, sans habiliments as usual. Quite honestly, looking at Apollo, the water must be cold. :^/

    And, I like the turtles surrounding the fountain spitting streams of water, too. There's something about a fountain on a hot day that makes you feel a few degrees cooler. If I lived in Sydney, I'd slide by here on hot summer days in December. (My, how that sounds strange. : )

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