Hyde Park, Sydney, Australia
Named after London’s famous Hyde Park, Sydney’s Hyde Park
has a history of racing and sports behind it. In the early
19th century, it had a race course and sports complex. Now,
Hyde Park is an open field, much like its namesake in
Located between Elizabeth Street and
College Street, Hyde
Park is the perfect place to hold family picnics.
It is also
known for the fig trees that grow in this area in abundance.
Known before by different names such as The Common, The
Exercising Ground, The Cricket Ground, and the Race Course,
Hyde Park in 1810 was allocated by Governor Macquarie as a
recreation, amusement, and exercise venue for the locals and
Some of the sports that took place in 19th century Hyde Park
were: horse racing, cricket, boxing and rugby.
Today, the average working person finds refuge in the
peaceful surroundings of Hyde Park. Whether it’s just to
breathe in the fresh air, take a quick nap on one of the
park benches, or just to get away from
the four walls of the
office, Hyde Park is a very popular venue.
There is a central pathway in
Hyde Park that connects its two main features: the Archibald
Fountain and the Anzac War Memorial. This impressive, tiled
path is lined with fig trees.
Archibald Fountain was a fountain designed by Francois
Sicard and given to Hyde Park by J.F. Archibald as a tribute
Anzac involvement in the Great War in France.
The War Memorial was erected in 1934 in the Art Deco style
to commemorate the Anzac soldiers who died in battle during
the First World War. The memorial is situated behind the
Lake of Reflections, also known as the Pool of Remembrance,
and stands 30 meters above this pool.
Other features of Hyde Park are:
The Nagoya Gardens –
features a large outdoor chess set
The SMS Emden’s (German
light cruiser) 104 mm gun stands as monument at the
southeastern side of the park.
The Obelisk with Egyptian
symbols – a monument that doubles as a sewer vent. Mayor
George Thornton unveiled it in 1857 and it became a
standing joke with the locals as “Thornton’s Scent
Monument by the
Independent Order of Oddfellows – Inspired by the Middle
East, it is a tribute to Sydney locals who died in the
The Sandringham Gardens
Pool of Remembrance.