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 Britain. 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 troops. 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.

Hyde Park, Sydney, AU

 

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 Bottle”.

  • Monument by the Independent Order of Oddfellows – Inspired by the Middle East, it is a tribute to Sydney locals who died in the Great War.

  • The Sandringham Gardens

  • Pool of Remembrance.