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16-July-2016
16-July-2016

Photographs supplied by Peter F Williams

The obelisk is the earliest surviving public monument of Australia`s colonisation. It is supposedly erected on the site where Governor Phillip raised the Union Jack in 1788.

Designed by Francis Greenway and erected in Macquarie Place on Bridge Street, Sydney in 1818, the large sandstone structure functioned as the zero point for the measurement of early roads in New South Wales. The obelisk was instrumental as a surveying device used for Sydney`s earliest roads as part of the Governor and Mrs Macquarie`s civic improvements.

Location

Address:Loftus Street, Macquarie Place Park , Sydney, 2000
State:NSW
Area:AUS
GPS Coordinates:Lat: -33.863236
Long: 151.210233
Note: GPS Coordinates are approximate.
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Details

Monument Type:Monument
Monument Theme:Landscape
Sub-Theme:Settlement
Monument Designer:Frances Greenway

Dedication

Approx. Monument Dedication Date:1818
Front Inscription

       THIS OBELISK
    WAS ERECTED IN
   MACQUARIE PLACE
           A.D.1818
TO RECORD THAT ALL THE
        PUBLIC ROADS
LEADING TO THE INTERIOR
      OF THE COLONY
ARE MEASURED FROM IT .
     L.MACQUARIE, ESQ
        GOVERNOR

Left Side Inscription

 PRINCIPAL          ROADS,
DISTANCE FROM SYDNEY  }
TO BATHURST                        }       137 Miles
FROM SYDNEY TO WINDSOR     35½ D º
TO PARRAMATTA                            15½ "
TO LIVERPOOL                                20 "
TO MACQUARIE TOWER }
AT THE SOUTH HEAD      }             7 "
TO THE NORTH HEAD     }
OF BOTANY BAY                }             14"

Source: MA
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