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 Return to top of page · Post #: 1 · Written at 5:35:47 PM on 6 October 2016.
Robbbert's avatar
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Not sure if trips down memory lane are permitted here... guess I'll find out soon enough.

Because my local RTA office has been closed, I was forced to take a train to Wynyard to pay my car registration renewal. The girl had never seen a cheque before and had to ask for help several times from her supervisors... and still made a mess of it. In the end it was sorted out, and I decided to walk through the city to St James station and get a train from there.

Crossed York St, went south a bit, and there's the AWA building, with its flying pegasus at the top, and surmounted by the magnificent ancient white tower. The building is adorned with AWA symbols and is well preserved.

http://www.dictionaryofsydney.org/entry/awa_tower

Turned left at Barrack St which is pedestrian-only now, down to George St, also closed to traffic and has the light rail under construction there. Straight across into Martin Place, which is full of sandstone-fronted buildings mostly headquarters of our various banks. Firstly the Commercial Banking Company, which I believe is now part of the NAB, then next was the ANZ, then the Bank of New South Wales (now part of Westpac). On the other side is the huge GPO with its clock tower. Then 2 buildings of the Commonwealth Bank. One of these is in the shape of those metal money boxes you would have seen as a child. Then up the hill, past Channel 7 on one side and the Lindt Cafe on the other, then past the Reserve Bank building, which was built in the 60s. Finally up to Macquarie St, past more ancient buildings: Sydney Hospital, The Mint, and Hyde Park Barracks.

Then down into Hyde Park and from there to the station entrance, yet another sandstone edifice. Would you believe that my train was waiting for me on Platform 2 ? And the weather was excellent too.


 
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On the 20th December, St James turns 90 years old and is Australia's oldest underground railway station - a title shared with neighbouring Museum Station.

Not sure if trips down memory lane are permitted here... guess I'll find out soon enough.

Indeed they are. I've put several here myself and they don't always have to be radio related. Smile


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A valve a day keeps the transistor away...

 
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Barrack Street would have been interesting to me. The Reliance factory was there, I think it was 10 Barrack Street.


 
 Return to top of page · Post #: 4 · Written at 9:11:24 AM on 7 October 2016.
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The original building, which is behind the CBC Bank building has been replaced with a skyscraper unfortunately. It would have been a perfect spot for a company like Reliance. Next door access to business finance and the resources of AWA just around the corner - I have been told that AWA made some of Reliance's chassis.


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A valve a day keeps the transistor away...

 
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