Hyde Park Obelisk

I have often wondered about the origin of this Obelisk. Surely it must be of some importance, standing grandly as it does at the top of Bathurst Street where it intersects with Elizabeth Street, on the edge of Hyde Park? Continue reading “Hyde Park Obelisk”

Macquarie Obelisk


In January 1788 the First Fleet arrived into Sydney from the UK. It brought with it Australia’s first European, mostly convict, settlers who came ashore here at Macquarie Place, now a little further back from the harbour than it was in 1788, due to land reclamation in the intervening years. It was from here that these early settlers set out to explore and settle Australia so it was rather fitting that distances of places from Sydney be measured from here. Continue reading “Macquarie Obelisk”