Sydney Architecture Images- The Rocks and the Quay

Public Urinal

architect

unknown

location

George Street North

date

c. 1880

style

Victorian Italianate  Victorian Filigree

construction

cast iron

type

toilet
Old-Style Toilets Loos…lavatories…toilets…urinals. Call them what you will, we all need them. The City Council has been
involved in providing ‘public conveniences’ since in the 1880s. An example of a 19th century cast iron urinal can be found down in The Rocks. In the early 20th century a range of substantial men’s lavatories were built. Reminders of these can be found in Hyde Park, Wynyard Park, and Macquarie Place.
 
 
 
 
Cast Iron Canopy Drinking Fountain 
In 1870 Sydney was graced with 8 elaborate cast-iron canopied drinking fountains imported all the way from Glasgow. Only a small number survive today, such as this one in Macquarie Place. The fountain canopy carries the city’s coat of arms (adopted in 1857), an instructive Bible inscription, along with the less charitable demand: Keep The Pavement Dry! The actual drinking fountain is missing.

 

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