On 22 Seprember 1918, Ernest Fisk, head of AWA (Amalgamated Wireless Australasia) and Raymond E. McIntosh (and a host of other engineers) received a direct transmission from Marconi at his Caernarfon station in Wales. This was cited as the first (major) direct radio communication from Great Britain to Australia, the message received at Fisk’s home, ‘Lucania’ at Wahroonga on Sydney’s north shore.
Each year, Ku-ring-gai Historical Society (KHS) members celebrate this event at Wahroonga outside the home where a memorial was erected in Fisk’s honour. The weather was not kind today hence the limited photos available. But why mention a moment in history that many have forgotten?…
“Save our Sirius,” said the man sitting on the pavement not more than three metres away from Sirius, the social housing icon of Brutalist architecture in Sydney’s historic The Rocks. “Why do they want to save a pub?”
The Sirius building is anything but a pub, as my first story about it illustrates, a fact that can be easily determined by those who care to glance upwards from their comfy perches.
More than a thousand citizens of all ages, who clearly do know what Sirius is and stands for, took part in a rally on September 17 to protest the imminent eviction of the last remaining longterm residents of Sirius and the planned sale and destruction of their homes.
People from all walks of life took part, including present and past residents of Sirius, Dawes Point and Millers Point, architect Tao Gofers who designed Sirius in the 1970s, local and state politicians, as well as architecture enthusiast and radio personality Tim Ross….
The Sirius building is an inner city social housing project in the heart of Sydney’s historic The Rocks district, under threat of destruction.
It is a rare, iconic example of the Brutalist movement in architecture, extant from the 1950s to the 1970s.
Brutalist architecture, like Brut champagne, is form derived from function, unsweetened with needless ornamentation, constructed with concrete cast into moulds often lined with roughened timber….