As usual, the picture deserves closer inspection. The railway in the foreground was part of the Newstead line that serviced the sugar refinery, the power house,the wool stores, the wharves, and the canning factory. It is no longer used, and although remnants of the tracks can still be seen in certain places, they have largely been dug up or covered over. Examples of the motor vehicles of the day are parked in front of the building, and there are decorative rams' heads fixed at various points on the front of the building, further emphasising the purpose of the warehouse.Well, the building still stands at 88 Macquarie St, and consistent with the redevelopment of the area, it has been converted to apartments, and this is how it looks now.(Photo: © 2009 the foto fanatic)
The greenery softens all of that brickwork, but otherwise, the building has held up very well. Inside it (I have friends who live there - lucky me!) there are photos of the old wool store including a very large print of the top photo in this post, as well as memorabilia from the days when wool ruled the wharves. The rams' heads are still there, almost like gargoyles. And the building is now grandly called "Dakota Apartments", replicating the name of the New York building outside of which John Lennon was shot back in December 1980. Typically, there are also commercial tenants on the ground floor, including one called "Sparkle Dental", presumably where we Teneriffians can go to get all those coffee stains removed from our teeth.
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