White Bay Power station

Michael Matthews

Sydney, Australia

Artist's Description

The disused White Bay power station near Balmain in Sydney looked an interesting site as I travelled home from a friend’s place.

The first long range shot was less than impressive, but this closer shot was more to my liking.

From 1917 until its decommissioning in 1983, the power station was the longest-serving of Sydney’s four power plants. It was heritage listed at the urging of the National Trust.

The Station was built in a number of stages. However two are of major importance. The first comprising the first half of the turbine hall, the switch house and one boiler house, was built between 1912 and 1917, by the Department of Railways to supply power to the Sydney railway and tramway system. The second phase, constructed between 1923 and 1928, was built of steel framing and reinforced concrete rather than brick as stage one had been.

The site was a popular venue for photographers and film and television productions. Productions at the power station include The Matrix Reloaded, Red Planet and a number of Australian television series and advertisements. A metal staircase constructed during the making of The Matrix Reloaded remains in the boiler house.

I love these rusty old relics.

This is White Bay in Sydney, Australia.

Photographed with a Canon 400D.

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