Sydney’s Wooden Streets 1880-1900 – Part 1 of 5

Woodblock paving was used to surface Sydney’s streets from the 1880s until the 1930s. The paving here is a recreation of what Sydney’s streets looked like at the time. 

Sandstone paving had proved unsuccessful because it crumbled under the wheels of carts. Australian hardwoods were found to be a durable substitute and were so successful they were used on streets in London and Paris.

At the northern end of George Street, near Dawes Point, original woodblocks, largely still in place beneath the bitumen surface, have been left buried for future generations.

George Michael’s funeral delayed as body has yet to be released by coroner


Waiting for the toxicology results means that the inquest into the star’s death – as well as his funeral – has been delayed, it was announced

The mystery surrounding George Michael ‘s death draws as as a coroner wait for the important results from toxicology tests.

Waiting for the results means that the inquest into the star’s death – as well as his funeral – has been delayed, it was announced today.

Hundreds of floral tributes and trinkets that were left outside his countryside mansion have been lovingly moved to a grassy verge with a sign posted on the front door requesting that gifts were not blocking the entrance.

George’s inquest and funeral have been delayed (Photo: Rex Features)
Senior coroner for Oxfordshire, Darren Salter, has yet to open an inquest into the pop star’s death on Christmas Day and Thames Valley Police have said they were still awaiting the results of toxicology tests on his body organs to ascertain if drug ingestion had played a factor in the singer’s death.

Speculation has mounted that the 53-year-old, who was known to have used crack cocaine and heroin in the past, may have turned to narcotics in his final days.

Police said the death was still being treated as “non-suspicious” although interviews have been carried out in the weeks since, with his Australian boyfriend Fadi Fawaz spoken to twice.


George on stage with Paul Young in 1985 (Photo: Getty)

The mystery surrounding George Michael ‘s death draws as as a coroner wait for the important results from toxicology tests.

Waiting for the results means that the inquest into the star’s death – as well as his funeral – has been delayed, it was announced today.

Hundreds of floral tributes and trinkets that were left outside his countryside mansion have been lovingly moved to a grassy verge with a sign posted on the front door requesting that gifts were not blocking the entrance.

‘He kept people out’: George Michael refused to confide in friends with his problems, claims former rival Boy George

Senior coroner for Oxfordshire, Darren Salter, has yet to open an inquest into the pop star’s death on Christmas Day and Thames Valley Police have said they were still awaiting the results of toxicology tests on his body organs to ascertain if drug ingestion had played a factor in the singer’s death.

Speculation has mounted that the 53-year-old, who was known to have used crack cocaine and heroin in the past, may have turned to narcotics in his final days.

Police said the death was still being treated as “non-suspicious” although interviews have been carried out in the weeks since, with his Australian boyfriend Fadi Fawaz spoken to twice.

A funeral cannot take place until George’s body has been released by the coroner, following the opening of the inquest and it was not yet known whether it would take place at the quaint parish church beside his riverside house in Goring-on-Thames, Oxon, or in London, where he also had a home in Highgate.

Today tourists and fans continued to snap selfies outside their idol’s home, and a wall beside the house was lined with scented candles and tributes.


George was found dead by his partner Fadi Fawaz (Photo: Twitter/@fadifawaz)

Fading bouquets that lined the grassy verge beside his house were moved from where they had blocked the entrance in the initial days after the death.

Metallic balloons and laminated messages and photos from around the world were still accumulating as devotees paid tribute to the Greek singer, who rose to fame with Wham! before launching a solo career.

Two Greek Australians launch the first series of Greek-themed stories

Michele Kiosoglous and Phillippa Adgemis invite you to the Australian Launch of their first children’s book, MELPOMENE and ANDONIS, in the series, Stories of Megisti Kastellorizo.

The story is set on the island of Kastellorizo and is about the Muse of Tragedy and Song, who together with a young local boy, have a memorable adventure and learn an important lesson.

We are delighted that Mr. George Papadopoulos LLM, AM founding member of the Ethnic Communities Council of Australia, Chairman of the Ethnic Affairs Commission of Australia and a person, with a life long commitment to ethnic advisory and the Greek Community will be launching our book at the Victorian Association’s Kastellorizian House, Dorcas Street, South Melbourne.

As per the invitation, the Australian launch will be held in Melbourne on Friday 3 February 2017 at 8pm. We would be delighted to see you there & share a muse cocktail; We invite guests to RSVP for catering purposes. 

For those who cannot attend the Australian launch in Melbourne, the European launch will be held on Kastellorizo, 10 July 2017 at Drasi. 

Books will also be available after the Melbourne launch online for those who cannot attend.

Looking forward to seeing you!

Michele and Phillippa
This series of children’s picture books will also be available for purchase via the official website http://www.storiesofmegistikastellorizo.com