Sydney Architecture Images- Central Business District

Obelisk

architect

 

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
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.
 
 
 
 

 

www.sydneyarchitecture.com 

links