We had lunch before moving on to the Queen Victoria Building.This statue of Queen Victoria was outside the building. It was located in Ireland, "acquired and brought to Sydney" by the director of promotions, in the 1980s. I'm guessing it was located in Northern Ireland, because I can't imagine that a statue of Queen Victoria still exists in the Republic. (I'm also curious how it was "acquired and brought" to Sydney.)
One of the structures outside the Queen Victoria Building included a stone from the Battlements of Blarney Castle, "a gift from the people of Sydney, from...the people of Cork, through the Courtesy of Sir Richard Colthurst, BT."
On our way back to our hotel, we took a quick look inside St. Andrew's Cathedral, which was founded in 1819 and consecrated in 1868, making it the oldest cathedral in Australia. We didn't stay long, but it had some pretty features.
Our next stop was the Chinese Garden of Friendship (conveniently located across the street from our hotel), which was designed by Sydney's Chinese sister city, Guangzhou in China. The whole garden cannot be seen from any point within the garden.
|Ed looking through the Equatorial Refracting |
telescope in the South Dome