Friday, April 30, 2010

Roman Ruins in Sydney?

No not really but it looks a bit like one. This is Paddington Reservoir a tranquil oasis not far from busy Oxford Street. A great sun trap to eat your lunch on a winter's day. Here's what the City of Sydney say about this beaut spot.

The City of Sydney's magnificent restoration of Paddington Reservoir Gardens was officially opened by Lord Mayor Clover Moore MP on Sunday 29 March 2009.

Designed by the City Engineer, Edward Bell, the Paddington Reservoir was built between 1866 and 1878 and was a key element in Sydney’s early water supply.

The reservoir served Sydney well until it was finally decommissioned in 1899. It then became a garage and workshop for the Metropolitan Water, Sewerage and Drainage Board, and later a service station, until it was acquired by the Paddington Municipal Council for much-needed open space. Then from 1934, the lower level was leased as a commercial garage. And that was how it remained until 1991, when sections of the roof collapsed and the reserve was closed to the public.


  1. Hah! I live just down the hill from this reservoir. I walk past it every other day. As you say, a lovely sun trap and place to listen to jazz. There is a coffee cart coming, too.

  2. I'm going to be up that way on Sunday (with Julie) and hope to take a look at this.

  3. Have not seen it since the recent work on it was completed. Great shot.
    Sydney - City and Suburbs

  4. I am always struck at how beautiful the light is in yopur photographs. And, the Australian architecture is so unique. Such a beautiful city.

  5. Ilse
    thankyou, whenever I return from overseas it is the light that always reminds me that I am home.

  6. She looks to be relaxed in her sunglasses.

  7. Peter

    Bill & Diane are down from Brissie awaiting the birth of their first grandchild. Would you be interested in a blogger-function on the weekend of 15/16 May. I am inviting Jim, Joan from Blue Mts, Sally, and Ann.

  8. Haha, real Roman or not, they are super picturesque - wouldn't mind lunching in this suntrap myself:) (Sorry it took a while to comment here - my computer, mysteriously, has kept blocking certain links)


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