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A companion to accompany you as you wander on foot through the streets of Sydney.

Urban Ambling Mercator

    • Places & Travel
    • 5.0 • 4 Ratings

A companion to accompany you as you wander on foot through the streets of Sydney.

    Sydney - A City Of Windmills

    Sydney - A City Of Windmills

    This episode takes us up Grosvenor Street to Church Hill.
    During the 19th Century , this was a very fashionable area. This was probably due to the elevation and views. It is not easy to see those attributes these days.
    Church Hill was also the site of one of three Government Windmills which ran along the ridge which now gives access to the Harbour Bridge.
    This tells of that windmill ( built to last 200 years , but blown down in a storm after a year or so ) and also of the three Grand Hotels which once graced The Hill.
    The area carries a lot of traffic from the Bridge but is not crowded. It is well worth an amble.
    The walk up Grosvenor goes past a number of historic buildings. An added plus is that Lang Park does have sunshine in the early afternoon in Winter.
    Enjoy your amble

    • 27 min
    Who was Peter Dodds McCormick?

    Who was Peter Dodds McCormick?

    Most Australians should know this name. I suspect however, that most like me had never heard of this person.
    That changed for me when I serendipitously noticed an obscure plaque near the entrance to The Scots Church in Margaret Street, Sydney.
    This is the story of Peter Dodds McCormick.

    • 18 min
    T.S. Mort

    T.S. Mort

    The imposing statue of T. S. Mort dominates the southern edge of Macquarie Place , which is opposite the Lands Department Building.
    Mort was an interesting and complex person who arrived in Sydney in 1838 aged 21 years. He came with very little money.  In the 40 years til his death he rose to become a very prominent and successful business man. He was very community minded, giving both time and money to many causes. One of those causes was Horticulture. He was an avid gardener. The gardens around his home were some of the finest in the colony.
    More than 1000 people attended the unveiling of the statue by the then Governor in June 1883.
    That speaks volumes as to the regard in which he was held.
    Have a sit in the Place and admire the statue whilst his story is told.
    There are worse places to sit , than outside the nearby Customs House Hotel. I remember it with affection from my misspent youth !!
    Happy ambling.

    • 19 min
    Sydney's Connection To The South Seas

    Sydney's Connection To The South Seas

    Near the western end of Bridge Street, there is a wonderful Victorian Building called Burns Philip House. It is worth just standing and quietly taking it in, as unusual as such behaviour is for us all these days.
    This episode focuses on this building, its origins and the people who founded the company that occupied it for many years. The Burns Philip Company was a shipping and freight company in the South Pacific Seas, hence the title.
    It also pioneered tourism to the islands , including New Guinea , in the early 20th Century.
    The episode then touches upon some nearby points of interest.

    Happy ambling.
    If you would like to contact me, head to my website: http://urbanambling.com/ (http://urbanambling.com/)

    • 23 min
    Perhaps The Finest Street In Sydney

    Perhaps The Finest Street In Sydney

    Someone once said that Bridge Street in Sydney was the finest of its streets, in a place that has a lot of competitors for that title.
    I will not debate that question, but simply say that it is one of my favourites.
    It has a wonderful set of Victorian Public Buildings and leads, at the eastern end, to the Botanic Gardens and the Conservatorium of Music.
    It is said to have the largest number of statues of any street in Australia!! It does have a lot, especially on the facade of the very gracious Lands Department Building. Ambling around that building alone would happily occupy a bit of time.
    This episode gives an introduction to the western end of the street and provides historical details, including one of the Lands Department statues.
    It is made to accompany you on your walk!
    Happy, and hopefully informative, walking
    If you would like to contact me, head to my website: http://urbanambling.com/ (http://urbanambling.com/)

    • 22 min

Customer Reviews

5.0 out of 5
4 Ratings

4 Ratings

Jeff Kildea ,

Well done

A wonderful way to walk the streets of Sydney while sitting in your arm chair sipping a single malt. Informative and entertaining.

thomasin may ,

Urban ambling

A unique, personal and original look at parts of Sydney, its streets, buildings and characters. Makes you look at things you probably walk past all the is. Recommended

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