Friday, September 17, 2010

Centre of Sydney


This is the real centre of Sydney, where all road distances are measured from.

5 comments:

  1. It was 'designed' by Greenway, too, and stood in the original town square. The spot where Phillip hoisted the flag on 26th January is just down the road on the footpath.

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  2. Great post, Peter. I never knew that. Is it anywhere near the GPO? (If such a thing still exists). In Brisbane all distances are measured from the GPO in Queen Street.

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  3. Good question Bill (drats) it says that distances were measured from here but I also found this "Governor Macquarie began the use of mileposts between 1814 and 1816. They were ļ¬rstinstalled on the main roads out of Sydney and distances were measured from the obelisk onthe edge of Hyde Park at the end of Bathurst St. This datum was used from about 1818 butthe datum was later shifted to the GPO so true distances on early mileposts differ from those on later ones by about 600m."

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  4. This is great. I've tried to photograph this but couldn't manage a good one with all the shadows.

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  5. This brings back memories, thanks. I worked just across the road in 1952/3. Has anyone got a photo of one of those thousands of signs by the railway lines, "X miles to Griffith Bros.Teas"..??

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