Monday, 28 September 2009

Saturday seems a long time ago...

The floor of the vestibule of the Mitchell Library building has a 4 x 5.5 m marble mozaic reproduction of the map made by Tasman in 1644.  The original is hand drawn on Japanese paper and was given to the library  by Princess George of Greece in 1931.  The mozaic was made to commemorate the occasion, but I don't know whether it was done at the time or later.


It's so difficult to photograph the whole thing,  but the compass is easy to show...

This is the floor that someone had told me about (thanks Cathoel)  and I'm glad I found the right place.  
I walked back to Martin Place to catch the train.  With fewer people than a week day, the city looked very sad.  The trees are spindly and sick looking... no so much from a lack of water, as we expect in Kapunda,  these are tall and spindly as if they are trying to get to the light.   They look so sad.



I found a weed.  Imagine anything surviving here!



Then down into the train station....





Martin Place...

Even the plaform was relatively deserted.   Such a  huge amount of infrastructure and trains still run every 10 minutes, even on the weekend.  (A bit different from our half hourly weekday trains and on weekends, many fewer.)  


1 comment:

John L said...

What a coincidence. There was something on Radio National this morning about the Mitchell Library and that map.