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PostPosted: 15 Feb 2010, 18:05 
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Thanks for sharing those franfran. I've never really walked around that park, only driven by on a bus or taxi. It actually looks a lot bigger from your photos than what it seemed driving past, always seemed like little more than a big median strip.


It is a bit bigger than it seems to be from the road. Actually I was a bit surprised myself - it is a long time since I've walked through it and I recalled it as being a bit smaller than that.


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Looks like the trees have come on nicely too - thanks for posting those photos.


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In case anyone is wondering, the dome shaped glass structure is a skylight for a small shopping area (fast food, newsagent and Coles supermarket) and access via two escalators to Wynyard station concourse.


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PostPosted: 15 Jun 2010, 21:51 
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Here's a nice picture -

Ca: 1888

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From the Dictionary of Sydney ( http://www.dictionaryofsydney.org/entry/wynyard_park )

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Wynyard Park

Wynyard Park is bounded by York, Carrington, Margaret and Barrack streets. Between 1792 and 1818, military barracks were erected on the eastern, southern and western sides of the future park site, leaving a large open square in the centre. This became known as Barracks Square or the Parade Ground. It was from here that the New South Wales Corps marched to arrest Governor Bligh in 1808, an event later known as the Rum Rebellion.

In 1848 the new Victoria Barracks in Paddington were erected and the original barracks moved. The Wynyard land was subdivided for the construction of private dwellings and shops. Provision was made for a square to remain on the higher part of the former Barrack Square. It was named Wynyard Square after General Edward Buckley Wynyard, commander of the British forces in Australia from 1848 to 1853.

The square was dedicated as a recreation ground in 1875 and it was fenced and landscaped. Like similar squares in England, its use was confined to residents who held keys to the gates. By 1907 however, the American trend of removing fences around parks had been copied here. During the 1880s a bus terminus was established for passengers from the southern suburbs. And so began the area's long association with public transport. The building of a railway station here was first suggested in 1881 but it was 1932 before Wynyard Station opened.

The square became a public park in 1887 and the following year a bandstand was erected in the centre of the park. In 1893 Canary Island palm trees were planted and a memorial statue to John Dunmore Lang was erected. Dr Lang, the controversial Presbyterian pioneer, had lived at Wynyard Square and was responsible for the erecti0n of the Scots Church on its northern side. The statue was sculpted by Giovanni Fontana.

The ornate underground men's lavatory with a domed glass roof was built in 1912. It is similar to others at Hyde Park, Taylor Square and Macquarie Place. The park was almost completely dug up in 1925 to build the city circle rail line, with reconstruction beginning in 1933. From this time, the train station created a demand for bus parking which came to dominate the streets surrounding the park.

Major changes to Wynyard Park occurred in 1996 when a new entrance to Wynyard Station was built in the centre of the park. In 1998 a new restoration programme for the park began, including conservation of the statue and the men's lavatory.
References

Conybeare Morrison and Partners, Wynyard Park Draft Plan of Management, 1992

Conybeare Morrison and Partners, Wynyard Park Draft Plan of Management, 1993, revised by Council of the City of Sydney, 1996


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And this is what it looked like as the construction of the City Circle railway drew to a close:

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