New South Wales - Queen Victoria Building

Queen Victoria Building, Sydney

It's her building, so she gets a statue.

The southern end of the building, which opened in 1898 as a marketplace, became government administration offices and the Sydney Library in the meantime, and is finally back to its intended purpose of commerce.

The northern end of the building along Market Street.

Looking south along the east side of the building from Market Street.

The highest dome (looking south) and its cupola (looking north).

Progressing north along George Street, with attendant architectural details.

Closeups of the most important parts of the eastern entrance. The inscription in the 2nd photo reads, "This stone was set July 29, 1896 by I.E. Ives, Mayor of Sydney." Obviously, that occurred before the grand opening. The first photo is the eastern sculpture of William MacIntosh, who of course had a western sculpture over that entrance, erected in 1897. Standing at 4.5 metres tall, it depicts the standing Guardian Genius (female) with her hands over Labour (left) and Commerce and Exchange (right), both male. In other words, you need to have genius for successful labour or commerce, and you need to have women for a successful society.

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