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“We are not amused at having to sit on a concrete slab out in the weather .. but those skateboarders down there are rad!”

This is the statue of Queen Victoria on the south side of the magnificent Queen Victoria Building in Sydney, Australia.

This statue stood outside the legislative assembly of the Republic of Ireland – Dáil Éireann in Leinster House, Dublin, until 1947 and was given to the people of Sydney by the Government of the Republic of Ireland to prevent its destruction by the IRA. It was placed on its present site in 1987.

The Queen Victoria Building, or QVB, is a late nineteenth century building by the architect George McRae in the central business district of Sydney, Australia. The Romanesque Revival building is 190 metres long by 30 wide, and fills a city block, bounded by George, Market, York and Druitt Streets. Designed as a shopping centre, it was later used for a variety of other purposes until its restoration and return to its original use in the late twentieth century.

The building was completed in 1898 and named the Queen Victoria Building after the monarch.

The completed building included coffee shops, showrooms and a concert hall. It provided a business environment for tradesmen such as tailors, mercers, hairdressers, and florists. The concert hall was later changed to a municipal library and the building was partitioned into small offices for Sydney City Council. The building steadily deteriorated and in 1959 was threatened with demolition. It was restored between 1984 and 1986 by Ipoh Ltd at a cost of $86 million, under the terms of a 99-year lease from the City Council and now contains mostly upmarket boutiques and “brand-name” shops.

Photographed with a Canon 400D.

No. 1 Artists of Redbubble, May 2011.
Alphabet Soup, Oct 2011.

Country born & bred but now located in Sydney, Australia.

I’m fascinated by the beauty of nature & in particular Australian native flowers & landscapes. I also love colour & anything unusual.
The Blue Mountains are my favourite spot at the moment.

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  • Donna Keevers Driver
    Donna Keevers ...over 3 years ago

    haha! :D I can just hear her mumbling that. Great shot, Michael. Love the composition.

  • Thanks Donna. I almost used “fully sick bro” instead of “rad” but I thought that might be too over the top.

    – Michael Matthews

  • gail woodbury
    gail woodburyover 3 years ago

    Love the title – top shot Michael ..but I have to admit I wouldn’t be amused either if I were stuck there watching the fully sick bro’s having fun !!

  • Lol .. thanks Gail. There was some crazy kid there at the time racing around the sculpture & making a racket. I wasn’t amused either.

    – Michael Matthews

  • Michael John
    Michael Johnover 3 years ago

    She sure doesn’t look happy. Nice POV Michael.

  • Thanks Mike. Maybe they didn’t want her to smile & make her teeth look black/grey.

    – Michael Matthews

  • Trish Meyer
    Trish Meyerover 3 years ago

    Great perspective on this shot Michael !

  • Thanks Trish. I can’t believe I got such a good shot & angle without the tripod!

    – Michael Matthews

  • pat gamwell
    pat gamwellover 3 years ago
  • Thank you very much for the feature Pat.

    – Michael Matthews

  • Mark Richards
    Mark Richardsover 3 years ago

    a very stern image of a very stern woman… congratulations on the feature Michael!!

  • Thanks Mark. Will have to research her history now to find out more.

    – Michael Matthews

  • Trish Meyer
    Trish Meyerover 3 years ago

    It’s amazing what you can do when you hold your breath and your subject sits still :)
    Congrats on your feature !

  • Thanks Trish. Statues make great subjects if you’re not after smiles!

    – Michael Matthews

  • Warren  Patten
    Warren Pattenover 3 years ago

    Excellent mate.

  • Thanks Wazza. I liked the angle.

    – Michael Matthews

  • Bevlea Ross
    Bevlea Rossabout 3 years ago

    Don’t forget to enter the best of “Q” challenge Here

    Entries close in four days, and then voting will run for three days.

    Lovely image, well done!
    From your hosts of Alphabet Soup Bevlea Ross and Melissa

  • Thank you very much for another feature Bevlea.

    – Michael Matthews

  • Peter Doré
    Peter Doréover 2 years ago

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