What I saw in January 2009

From my photoblog’s monthly archives

Now you know….

Posted on January 31, 2009 by Neil

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So that’s where he lives: Elizabeth Street Waterloo….

Passing Parade: Redfern 25 January

Posted on January 26, 2009 by Neil

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Hot again in Prince Alfred Park 2

Posted on January 22, 2009 by Neil

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Hot again in Prince Alfred Park 1

Posted on January 21, 2009 by Neil

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Passing parade: hot Thursday in Surry Hills

Posted on January 15, 2009 by Neil

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What I saw in December 2014

Photo recycle from Monthly Archives: December 2014.

Happy Christmas to all my readers

Posted on December 24, 2014 by Neil

Feel free to substitute a more relevant greeting if that is needed.


That’s a view from my table at Diggers yesterday after lunch. Note the big x-ray envelope on the chair. As I said on Facebook: “Chest pain: not good at my age or any age. Went to doc. Probably muscular, but ECG not unambiguous. Need to recheck 27 December… If it gets worse, I call an ambulance and go to hospital. If not, better! Whatever, I still sing the praises of our health system — thanks Gough! No matter how it has altered, it is still far better than almost any country you can name. Protect it, people!”

OK so far.

Winding up the Redfern visit

Posted on December 13, 2014 by Neil

From Sunday 7 December.


In Redfern Street


These buildings have had a most interesting history over the past 40 years. Great and not so great, but rarely uncontroversial, things have happened here. See Church Mouse (A small voice from St Vincent’s Redfern), Redfern Jarjum College, and Jarjum College opens amid hopes and concerns.

REDFERN: Jarjum College, a new independent Catholic school for Indigenous children, was officially opened on April 12 [2013]  before a crowd of over 500 people. On the site of the former St Vincent’s Presbytery in Redfern Street an old building has been transformed into a small school with a current intake of 20 students…

…In officially opening the school Governor Bashir thanked the children and the work of Principal Beatrice Sheen as well as mentioning her own family connections to Redfern through her grandparents who lived in the area.

After working for a number of months at the new school, Lottie Ceissman is now one of its most vocal critics. She was recently dismissed from her role. As well as believing that she has been unfairly treated in her dismissal, she is also very critical of the direction that the school is taking and has raised strong concerns regarding the present quality of education at the school. “The Jesuits have come in with a ‘top-down’ attitude,” she said.

“They haven’t involved the local community. You cannot run a school like this. They are not learning reading, writing and arithmetic. They are learning how to do dot paintings. The principal is just trying to make it too ‘aboriginalised’. They don’t even have a proper play yard. I don’t want my job back. It’s an unsustainable place. They started 26 kids and now they are down to 20.”…

And then to Surry Hills

The Sydney visit ended with lunch with M at the Shakespeare Hotel in Devonshire Street — not as good as on earlier occasions as they mixed up our orders sending out very indifferent fish and chips instead of the much better grilled barramundi we were expecting.


In the Shakespeare Hotel

M was a bit sore and sorry too as his bike had been hit by a taxi the previous Sunday. I guess all things considered he was lucky the injuries were not worse.

More from the Redfern visit

Posted on December 12, 2014 by Neil

From Sunday’s trip to Sydney.


That’s the new building above Club Redfern


And looking back from Regent Street/Redfern Street


This street sculpture has caused some controversy. What do you think?

THE mother of deceased indigenous youth TJ Hickey is supporting a push to have the controversial Redfern Bower sculpture removed from the suburb.

The Bower was commissioned by the City of Sydney in 2008 as part of a $16 million upgrade to the Redfern St area…

Last Saturday: Wollongong Toy Run

Posted on December 10, 2014 by Neil

Back to The Gong for this entry. Last Saturday in Crown Street Mall I witnessed the 25th Wollongong Bikers’ Toy Run. This has become a Christmas fixture, not only here but elsewhere.

25th Annual Wollongong Toy Run (NSW); 6 December. Leaves 10.30 am sharp from cnr Shellharbour Road & Addison Street, Shellharbour; travelling to Wollongong Lower Mall (Crown Street). Please do not wrap toys/presents. Toys should be for ages 3—13 (ages 10—13 in most need).


That’s the Lord Mayor, Gordon Bradbery, on stage, extreme left.




Still in the present: Redfern revisited

Posted on December 8, 2014 by Neil

Sunday I took the 7.45am express to Sydney, getting off at Redfern.


I hadn’t been to Redfern in quite a while. The immediate purpose of the trip was lunch with M at The Shakespeare Hotel in Surry Hills, but I decided, it being Sunday, to go early enough to attend South Sydney Uniting Church. I hadn’t been there for quite a while; I suspect this was the last time: South Sydney Uniting Church last Sunday. It proved a bit of a bonus because along with some old friends there were quite a few Indigenous Australian young people from Arnhem Land and Darwin down for some conference or other.

But on the way I paid another pilgrimage.


Redfern Park



Yes, home of The Bunnies!

Back in the present

Posted on December 6, 2014 by Neil

So humid, and so many storms lately! Here is the view from my window on 4 December:


See Climate change: NSW to become hotter, more fire danger days and Sydney weather: The picture that captures story of city’s early-season tempests.

Yesterday morning in Crown Street Mall, Wollongong:


Musicians from The Illawarra Grammar School

What I saw in December 2009

Photoblog recycle from Monthly Archives.

Christmas Day South Sydney Uniting Church

Posted on December 26, 2009 by Neil

Distinguished guests outside the church before the service.

The Dalai Lama is in town

Posted on December 2, 2009 by Neil

Which may explain this sighting in Belmore Park yesterday.


See Dalai Lama Encouraged by Upcoming UN Climate Change Summit.

Eddy Avenue, Central Station

Posted on December 3, 2009 by Neil


Not (I hope) a creepy stalker pic

Posted on December 5, 2009 by Neil

I avoid celebrity shots, but I found this one taken through my window the other day speaks volumes about the character of the famous Australian theatre director in the centre of the frame, so I though I’d share it.


December theme: waiting – a four pic post

Posted on December 7, 2009 by Neil

I was caught in the act yesterday. (Thanks, James O’Brien. Love your Little Young Street shots.)


Surry Hills Village shopping mall


Cleveland Street bus stop



Morning walker: Crown Street

Posted on December 17, 2009 by Neil


What I saw in December 2008

Photoblog recycle from Monthly Archives.

Summer light 8: the law

Posted on December 2, 2008 by Neil

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Making sure Ward Park is safe…

Summer light 9: conversation

Posted on December 2, 2008 by Neil

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Thank God this is a peaceful place, this Surry Hills. Well, comparatively, and most of the time… People can just enjoy the summer light, as they should… May it long be that way. Time was when it wasn’t all that peaceful around here, of course. And there was a murder not 500 metres away just last week…

Summer light 19: Redfern sociability

Posted on December 3, 2008 by Neil

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Redfern Street coffee shop

Summer light 27: today’s heat…

Posted on December 3, 2008 by Neil

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…didn’t distress everyone, it appears.

 Summer light 28: Christmassy

Posted on December 3, 2008 by Neil

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… obviously some school Christmas event. I’m sure the teachers were wilting just a bit…

Summer light 41: The Shift

Posted on December 7, 2008 by Neil

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The Empress and Kiwi Nick emerge from the Midnight Shift, late afternoon Sunday

More best of 2008: 3 – Bourke Street Surry Hills

Posted on December 7, 2008 by Neil

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Just one of those happy moments in passing…

Summer light 76a: 13 December 4 — Indigenous

Posted on December 13, 2008 by Neil

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Group in Prince Alfred Park. Centuries before this the area was a gathering place for the Cadigal.