Thursday, 19 February 2009

Wentworth Park Viaduct

My last bridge is a viaduct but a viaduct is a bridge, I checked!
This one is also not far from the CBD of Sydney. It is a pretty standard kind of a structure, not overly pretty but I have a fondness for the workmanship displayed in the bricklaying and the symmetry of the arches has a kind of low-key beauty.
The real reason it is in this series though, is because of it's nostalgic value. In the early nineties I spent six months working just near here. I worked for the faculty I studied at, preparing the materials for laboratory classes at Sydney Institute of Technology. I think I was really employed so that the budget would be spent because there wasn't much work to do and I spent most of my time reading or chatting. Sometimes I would go up to the roof and watch the traffic or visit with the people from Vet Nursing, who had a pet greyhound. Imagine that, a retired greyhound living eight floors up with the mice and the rats and the cane toads.
Once or twice my boss (the marvellously named Maolcholm) asked me to walk to a butchery just near this park and pick up bits for dissection. Kidneys? hearts? I don't remember.
It was a great time in my life. I was starting to feel that I had some wings, I met friends who are still with me today, I enjoyed my job and my study. I still regard that part of the city as "mine".


  1. k.
    Another great bridge...I am really enjoying this "history lesson"...

    Thanks for sharing your life with us.

    gig, xoxo

  2. Cool viaduct and some cool memories to go along with it. I honestly don't know if I have seen a viaduct of that proportion in person before. They definitely do not have too many in my neck of the woods.

  3. Yes, it's interesting how places can hold nostalgic memories- not necessarily 'pretty' places, but places where you have lived, had experiences, places with a certain buzz.
    Oh you put it much better than me.. I should just say 'yes, yes, I get it' !!

  4. cinnamon,
    i spoke of one of MY places. you cover it very nicely speaking of PLACES


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