“At the gates to St Peters’ railway line”
Sydney July – August 2015 (8 photos)
The Sydney suburb of St Peters is an older and largely industrial suburb, 7km south of the CBD. It was named by its association with St Peters Anglican Church, which was consecrated in 1838. It once was the home to a large brickworks and a garbage tip, which have since been redeveloped into parkland. I took a walk around there and the neighbouring suburb of Newtown recently. Much of the area is as I remember it from passing through the area regularly in the 70’s, except that the smell from the old garbage tip is no longer there.
“Rush hour: The 1:57 to Central arrives”
Standing on the pedestrian overpass and looking down beneath my feet at St Peters train station.
“Make yourself at home at Number 36”
“Guard Dog up a tree”
There’s a campaign against the use and exploration for Coal Seam Gas here. The gas barbecue in the background is a nice irony.
The sticker on this recycling bin says, “This bin has not been collected because it contains contaminated material. Please remove these materials and place your bin out on your next collection.” Over here, most households get 3 bins, a red-top for general waste, a yellow-top for recyclable materials, and a green-top for garden waste. Some Councils inspect their residents’ bins for breaches. Other are talking about weighing residents’ bins. I’ve no problem with that provided they can stop strangers putting their rubbish in your bin at night.
“The morning was cold and lonely
City lights old and grey
The sun arose trying to smile
Gave it all away
The honky-tonk called a stranger
The stranger couldn’t pay the bill
Made a stand, raised his hand
Sang a song, no time to kill
I said, Hey, hey, hey, St. Peter
I’ve got a tale to tell
I’ve just been down in Sydney* town
It really feels like hell
It really feels like hell
…Flash and the Pan was an Australian new wave musical group initiated during the late 1970s by Harry Vanda and George Young, both former members of The Easybeats. “Hey St. Peter” reached number 5 in the Australian singles chart.
*substituted non-original lyric. Even though the song has no connection with this suburb, I can’t help but hear it whenever I speak of St Peters.
So why was I in St Peters? They told me I would find some interesting street art there.
“Kid from New Caledonia”
“Work in Progress”
They were right. This is another in my series of Sydney Street Art photography. More later …
Note: A couple of these photos are from outside the boundary of St Peters in the adjoining suburb of Newtown. I lost track of where I was.