Post by Kerr-Mudd,John Post by Peter Young Post by Peter T. Daniels
In last night's Miss Fisher's Murder Mysteries (from 2013), set
in Melbourne, Inspector Jack Robinson refers to a jewel thief
who's been hitting salons d'haute couture as having done the same
at something like "Sydney up on the North Shore," and I tried to
picture what Sydney is on the northern shore of; but then I
supposed it might mean where the northern end of the Harbour
Bridge was or was about to be (the time seems to be fairly early
in the 1920s). In that case, that side of Sydney Harbour must
have been the posh area? (One can't tell from the photographs
whether the Opera House is at the north or south end of the
bridge.) (Or, for that matter, what compass direction the bridge
I'm sure Another Peter can elucidate a lot more than I can, but
I've been in Sydney visiting my elder daughter. The Opera House is
East of the South end of the bridge, on the East bank of Circular
Quay, which is rectangular. The Bridge lies a few degrees Eastward
of South to North, and North Shore seems to refer to the coastal
land North of the Harbour.
Sounds about right. Actually it Rocks!
As others have mentioned, The Rocks is on the south side of the harbour.
So are a few other fashionable places: Darling Harbour, the Opera House,
the city centre, The Domain, and so on. So this is the area that a
visitor to Sydney would probably want to explore. This area is also
attractive to rich people who like inner-city living. But, for the most
part, the wealthy people live on the North Shore, which is the area
north of Sydney Harbour and within a few kilometres of the coast, with
plenty of trees for shade.
For those who know the San Francisco Bay area, the North Shore is the
Marin County of Sydney.
Post by Kerr-Mudd,John
I guess the North Shore was posh 'cos you had to have a boat to get
into town (though I've been told it's desirable in Oz to have a
North-facing property to get the most sunshine - you gluttons!)
On the east coast of Australia, which is also where I live, the main
factors that make an area attractive are nearness to a beach, and height
above sea level. (I'm in an area that's neither rich nor poor, so I'm
only partway up the nearest hill, and about 20 minutes' drive from
beaches.) The height is desirable for sea breezes. Sydney's North Shore
is hilly enough and coastal enough to be popular.
The area was only lightly settled prior to the building of the Sydney
Harbour Bridge (1932), but some wealthy people would have lived there
then. By now you have not only the bridge, but plenty of ferries. For
tourists, I would recommend a ferry trip from Circular Quay (south
shore) to the zoo (north shore), or perhaps a longer ride from Darling
Harbour to Manly.
I'm not sure where that bit came from about north-facing properties. Of
course some part of the house will be on the north side, but we do our
best to avoid exposure to the northern and western sun. The western
exposure is in fact the biggest problem. At noon the sun is high so
shining mainly on the roof. Afternoon heat is worse because by then the
sun is lower and can shine through windows.
Peter Moylan http://www.pmoylan.org
Newcastle, NSW, Australia