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The Grand Queen Victoria by Michael Matthews

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The stunning ornamental face of the Queen Victoria Building in Sydney, Australia taken a few years back with the Fuji Finepix F800.

It’s hard to get the lighting right with this building, so I haven’t been able to get a better photo since. I tried to delete the traffic light but it was too much hard work.

This is the George St side. The building takes up a whole small city block & is enclosed by George, Market, York & Druitt Sts & is across the road from Sydney Town Hall.

Your Country’s Best, Dec 2012.
The Compact Group, Jan 2013.

The Queen Victoria Building (or QVB), is a late nineteenth-century building designed by the architect George McRae in the central business district of Sydney, Australia. The Romanesque Revival building was constructed between 1893 and 1898 and is 30 m (98 ft) wide by 190 m (620 ft) long and was named the Queen Victoria Building to commemorate the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee in 1897.

In 1959 it was threatened with demolition but was finally restored between 1984 and 1986 by Ipoh Ltd at a cost of $86 million.

102 views as of Dec 26, 2012.
201 views as of Mar 1, 2013.


australia, sydney, nsw, new south wales, queen victoria, queen victoria building, old buildings, romanesque, romanesque revival, architecture, george mcrae

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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  • Warren  Patten
    Warren Pattenalmost 2 years ago

    Wonderful shot & location mate..have a good week Michael.

  • Thanks mate & thanks for the fave. You too.

    – Michael Matthews

  • Chris Brunton
    Chris Bruntonalmost 2 years ago

    What a lot of detail in that building. I’ll bet those walls would have a great story to tell too.

  • Thanks for the fave Christina. Yep, lots of hard work there & I’m glad they did it & preserved it as well.

    – Michael Matthews

  • Julie  White
    Julie Whitealmost 2 years ago

    Great work Michael.

  • Thanks Julie. She’s a grand old lady. Thanks for the fave too.

    – Michael Matthews

  • Marie Sharp
    Marie Sharpalmost 2 years ago

  • Thanks very much for the feature Marie !

    – Michael Matthews

  • Karen  Betts
    Karen Bettsalmost 2 years ago


  • Arfan Habib
    Arfan Habibover 1 year ago

    Excellent capture Michael!

  • Thanks Arfan & thanks for the fave. She sure is a grand lady.

    – Michael Matthews

  • Pamela Jayne Smith
    Pamela Jayne S...over 1 year ago

    Your lovely work is featured in our Permanent Featured Gallery
    10th January 2013

  • Thanks very much for the feature Pamela !

    – Michael Matthews

  • Penny Smith
    Penny Smithover 1 year ago

    That’s a great shot Michael, I love the QVB with all it’s lovely architecture.. it’s a grand old place :)

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