Elizabeth Street Obelisk

21 Apr

location– Elizabeth Street, opposite Bathurst Street. 
date– 1857.
style– Victorian Egyptian
construction– A stuccoed sewer vent in the form of an Egyptian sacred object.
type– Monument 
architect

The obelisk on Elizabeth Street is one of the earliest monuments recording the beneficence of a Sydney mayor. It was erected in 1857 and unveiled by the Mayor George Thornton. The monument is actually a sewer vent. It became a joke around town and led to it being dubbed ‘Thornton’s Scent Bottle’.
The classical landscaping and min-obelisks at its base have unfortunately been lost.

Front view

Front view

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