Tuesday, October 16, 2007

Goodnight from Sydney: Oct 16

My Welsh readers may be interested in this photo, though you may have to click on it to see the larger version. Yes, it is a Welsh flag!

The photo was taken the day after St David's Day and continued to fly for a little while longer. It was strange to see a Welsh flag fluttering on a hot sunny day, just a few metres from where I live in Sydney. OK, it's actually a 20 minute walk - but hey, thousands of others exaggerate so it's within the bounds of responsible writing!

The green bit is the playing field of a local high school. The school is built on land previously owned by Fig Tree Studios Pty Ltd, who in 1937, took over the land from Mastercraft Film Corporation. Many of the sequences for the movie, "The Power and The Glory" were shot here. The movie was released in 1941 by MGM, starring Peter Finch.

During the war, the RAAF took over part of the land as a high security storage area for secret radar equipment. MGM retained the film vaults and stored more than two million feet of film on the site.

In 1956 the Dept of Education took over the land and in 1958, Hunters Hill High School was opened as the first co-educational high school in the metropolitan area.

Recently, the school and its grounds were embroiled in controversy because the State government wanted to sell the land to developers.

There ya go - learn something new every day don't you!

Wherever you may be - be safe!