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View of Sydney Harbour Bridge, taken from Watsons Bay.

The Lands Department Building was designed by the Colonial Architect James Barnet, and was built in two stages. The first stage was between 1876-81; the second stage was between 1888-92 under the supervision of the Colonial Architect Walter Vernon.

The first stage saw the use of reinforced concrete slabs by the builder John Young who was Sydney's first protagonist of ferro-cement construction.

Sometime between 1887 and 1894 the Lands Department Datum Bench Mark Plug was set into position on the front of the building and provided the origin of all levels in NSW under the Survey Co-ordination Act. In 1938, a clock for the tower and a clock system throughout the building to be driven electronically by a pendulum master clock were installed by Prouds Limited. The whole system was Australian made.

In the late 1980s, the building was earmarked by the NSW Governnment as one of the possible sites for conversion into a casino. A Permanent Conservation Order covering the premises was passed by the NSW Heritage Council in order to protect the building from unsympathetic development.

Impresionante golpe de mar, bien captado el momento,l+f,un saludo cordial

Hello Günter welcome back to my Southern gallery. Regards from Australia. :)

View of the Mulgoa Valley, looking south east from the Reception Centre.

The Restaurant was closed for several years, but is now open for business. This is an excellent spot for coffee, meals or reception. Exceptional views over the Illawarra Escarpment.

Sydney's famous Hammerhead Crane at Garden Island dockyards is at the centre of the photo, and sadly soon to be lost.

Forby Sutherland was a member of the crew of the Endeavour during Lieutenant (later- Captain) Cook's voyage to New South Wales. He died while the ship was in Botany Bay, making him the first British subject to die in Australia and the first European to die in New South Wales. Cook logged that he died of consumption on the evening of 30 April 1770 while the ship was anchored in the Bay, and was buried ashore at Kurnell the following morning. He had been afflicted by that condition ever since leaving the Le Maire Strait. The actual date of burial was 2 May, 1770. Sutherland was an able seaman and also the ship's poulterer, which meant he prepared game birds for the table.

It was good fun in the day. They have removed the track to make way for the more modern Funnelweb ride. I will NOT be going on that, but will get a photo :)

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