Anderson Park, Neutral Bay

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Anderson Park
Anderson Park in Neutral Bay
Anderson Park path lined with Weeping Figs.
Location Neutral Bay, New South Wales
Nearest city Sydney, New South Wales
Coordinates 33°50′24″S 151°12′54″E / 33.84°S 151.215°E / -33.84; 151.215Coordinates: 33°50′24″S 151°12′54″E / 33.84°S 151.215°E / -33.84; 151.215
Area Neutral Bay
Created 8 October 1899
Status Public

Anderson Park is a recreation park located in the Sydney suburb of Neutral Bay, New South Wales. It is on the shore of the bay in Sydney Harbour from which the suburb is named.

Anderson Park is built on land reclaimed from the bay in the 1890s, and was dedicated on 8 October 1899. It was originally called Warringa Park, but was renamed in 1926 in honor of William Anderson who was the Mayor of the local municipality of North Sydney from 1914 to 1918.[1]

On 17 July 1934, thousands gathered in Anderson Park to watch as Charles Kingsford Smith and Captain Patrick Gordon Taylor took off from there in their single-engined Lockheed Altair for a promotional flight over Sydney.[2] Originally, they had planned to take off from the middle of Macquarie Street in Sydney, but when the local council denied permission, they transported their aeroplane by barge to Neutral Bay. The Altair had recently been shipped from America on the deck games court of the SS Monterey, and had the word "ANZAC" painted on the side, though this had to be covered with brown paper due to Australian law prohibiting the use of this word for commercial purposes.[3] The aeroplane was hastily renamed the Lady Southern Cross.[4]

Anderson Park sports field, where in 1934, Charles Kingsford Smith took off in a Lockheed Altair

A floodlit sports field is available for cricket; various codes of football; volleyball; and other activities. There are pathways, sandstone flagging, a depression-era concrete wall and a small beach. The main path through the park is lined with Hill's Weeping Figs (Ficus microcarpa).

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://monumentaustralia.org.au/themes/people/government---local/display/90224-william-anderson
  2. ^ http://www.northsydney.nsw.gov.au/Recreation_Facilities/Parks_Reserves/Search_Parks/Anderson_Park
  3. ^ http://museumvictoria.com.au/collections/themes/3589/sir-charles-kingsford-smith-and-the-lockheed-altair-lady-southern-cross
  4. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2014-04-07. Retrieved 2014-04-05.