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PostPosted: 01 Sep 2010, 09:20 
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Yvette wrote:
I wonder what year it dates to? From memory we used to have a lot more of these around Melbourne when I was a child, I thought they were little garden sheds. I think they were all painted either green, or black. Anyone else know?


No, but there's still a little men's toilet outside the former Magistrates Court, RMIT Building Number 20 on LaTrobe st.
I remember back when Melbourne had the commonwealth games, there was an article in The Age I think saying that all of the public toilets in Melbourne had been closed as a cost cutting exercise, as a way of stopping junkies using them or to stop them being used as meeting points for um, after hours activities. Apparently there are a few underground ones still there but with the openings closed off. The one I can think of is on Russell St outside the Greater Union theatre, it has a piece of sculpture on top now.

There are some nice photos of Sydney in there. I lived in Sydney for a bit a decade ago, I couldn't stand the mess of roads and poor suburban planning. 10 years on and it seems Melbourne has become just like Sydney...

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PostPosted: 01 Sep 2010, 10:50 
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There used to be a number of underground toilets in Sydney, although very few, if any are still open. Most of them had sandstone and ironwork around the entrances. There was one at the end of Wynyard Park and another at the William Street end of Hyde Park North. It's going back before my time, but there also used to be some in Martin Place - I think they might have disappeared around the time that Martin Place station was built (although there are still toilets there, in the entrance to the station). Maybe someone familiar with Sydney and a couple of decades older than me can provide a bit more information.

And for some odd reason, there seem to have been more mens' toilets than womens'..............


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There is still quite a bit of Art Deco left in Sydney, although a number of significant buildings have been lost. The first examples we still have that come to mind are the War Memorial and the Archibald Memorial Fountain in Hyde Park (both of which I posted photographs of earlier in this thread), the Museum of Contemporary Art (formerly the Maritime Services Board Building), the MLC Building and the entrance to Luna Park. There are lots of Art Deco blocks of flats in the Eastern Suburbs. You also find Art Deco in Western Sydney (quite a few pubs - the best known probably being the Station Hotel at Lidcombe) and sometimes in places you wouldn't expect, such as a former cinema in a suburban street in Granville, a veterinary surgery (formerly a house) on the Great Western Highway at Pendle Hill and several buildings in Church Street Parramatta down near the river.

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PostPosted: 01 Sep 2010, 11:32 
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You also find Art Deco in Western Sydney (quite a few pubs - the best known probably being the Station Hotel at Lidcombe)

Art Deco pubs are (or were) quite common in New South Wales and Victoria, both in cities and country towns. I'm not quite sure why. It seems that a lot of Victorian-era pubs must have received a makeover in the 1920s and 1930s.


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Art Deco pubs are (or were) quite common in New South Wales and Victoria, both in cities and country towns. I'm not quite sure why. It seems that a lot of Victorian-era pubs must have received a makeover in the 1920s and 1930s.


Most were either rebuilt or substantially remodelled so that little of the original remained. But there are some where there is an interesting mix of styles, such as the Zanzi-Bar in King Street Newtown. Very obviously a Victorian era building, but with Art Deco features on the outside:

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There were changes to Liquor licensing legislation in both states that required many pubs to update their equipment and facilities. Whilst many were delicensed and closed down as a result, many others were reequipped and remodelled in the latest style - what we now call Art Deco style. The breweries engaged a number of architects who became specialists in this field. Fortunately many survive in Australian cities.


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