Saturday, 18 October 2008

The A to Z of 2205: Brodie Spark Drive, Wolli Creek

Brodie Spark Drive is the main road along which the Wolli Creek development has taken place. It goes around the back of Tempe House, and is named after the man who had Tempe House built between 1834 - a836, Alexanber Brodie Spark.

For an eight-part tour around Wolli Creek/Tempe House, have a look here: my Sydney Daily Photo blog. I have also posted about it and the Cooks River previously on this site. See here.

Below: The roundabout intersection of Brodie Spark Drive and Arncliffe St, looking towards the Princes Highway. In the centre is a sculpture named Wolli Dancing.
Below: Wolli Dancing.

Below: An indication of apartment prices in 2008 (photo taken 4 August 2008)
Below: Looking along the Princes Highway
Below: From the Princes Highway end. The light industry in the area is changing or folding.
Below: Brick wall
Below: The vacant area below has been a scrap metal dealer's site, now gone.
Below: The sign points along Arncliffe St, which is narrow and has a much increased volume of traffic. There is no dedicated cycleway, and I would be ver wary of cycling along here. I've only ever seen one or two bikes in my time.
Below: From 1884 to 1983, Tempe House was occupied by Catholic nuns, the Magdalen Sisters, and the church dates from that time. It is now de-commissioned as a church. It is meant to function as some kind of community facility, but as yet, nothing seems to have happened there - it is always locked and off-limits.

Below: Tempe House and Magdalen Chapel
Below: The apartment development at the back, linked with the back of Tempe House.

Below: From Brodie Spark Drive, the back of Temoe House was visible beyond the swimming pool until frosted glass was installed to prevent the look-through.

Wednesday, 15 October 2008

The A to Z of 2205: Brennans Rd, Arncliffe

Named after James Brennan, a contractor who once owned this land. (The Origins of Street Names in the Municipality of Rockdale, compiled by Alderman Ron Rathbone, 1990)

Below: Brennans Road from West Botany St
Below: Danger! Contact with wires will cause death. Do you think there will ever be a time in Sydney that overhead wires become underground wires? Below: Panorama of Brennans Rd from Eve St (wait til we get to E for Eve - I LOVE Eve St....the wetlands!)

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