Walk an Irish Mile

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Walk an Irish Mile

<p>Walk an Irish Mile through the heart of Sydney and see a dozen sites with Irish imagery and interest, uncovering unsung, often surprising, Irish elements in buildings, statues, monuments and

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Walk an Irish Mile through the heart of Sydney and see a dozen sites with Irish imagery and interest, uncovering unsung, often surprising, Irish elements in buildings, statues, monuments and artworks in the Sydney townscape. Irish history and personalities, Hibernian monumentalism and iconography, and tales of the Irish ‘Down Under’ – all these come alive in Sydney’s most prestigious boulevard, park and buildings from the State Library of NSW to Sydney Town Hall.


COURSE OUTLINE

  • Meet under the sandstone portico of the State Library of NSW’s original wing (around the corner from the Macquarie entrance). (Café and toilet facilities are inside.)
  • The route proceeds along Macquarie Street to St Mary’s Cathedral, across to Hyde Park, past the Archibald Fountain and down Market Street to the Queen Victoria Building.
  • Inspect three bronze statues of Irish persons or Irish manufacture, three stained glass windows depicting ancient Irish art and religious personalities, a convict barracks that became a women’s refuge, frequented by many Irish men and women, Australia’s principal monument to the Irish Famine, three major public buildings with distinctly ‘Irish’ stories.
  • Even the Shakespeare Memorial, the Garden Palace site, the Land Titles Office, St James’s Church and the Supreme Court have their Irish stories.
  • The tour ends at the Town Hall end of the QVB. Linger for a cup of tea or coffee to mull over the sites we have seen.


PLANNED LEARNING OUTCOMES
At the end of this course students should be able to:

  1. Identify some of the features of Sydney’s ceremonial and commercial townscape that have Irish connections
  2. Understand how the Irish aspects of ht Sydney townscape came to be there and their relevance to Sydney’s (and Australia’s) past and present