|Hyde Park always has a lot of street vendors who provide entertainment for all ages. Also, there are fountains, walkways and lots of trees. The missionries in the city spend a lot of time here contacting people.|
|One of the interactive displays had shackles of the type used with the convicts housed here.|
This is a display of some of the many tools used on various projects in constructing the buildings of Sydney.
This is a diorama of early Sydney which shows the aborigines being an integral part of the society.
The architect for these downtown buildings was a Mr Greenway who had been convicted of forgery and was sentenced to life in Australia. He took the consequence of his actions, turned lemons into lemonade and developed his skills while building this prison for prisoners. These large beams come from the Sydney blue gum trees that were here even then.
|Wouldn't you like to sleep on a hammock with 30 to 70 other people? It was close quarters with limited choices after the return from work assignments. Looks as comfortable as ... (fill in the blank)|
|The work of the mission continues via many phone calls no matter where we are. No worries. We enjoy helping the missionaries while we are out and about. That's our choice!|
|Though there were women, very few convicts had wives until they left the barracks. One of the women in charge actually had her family living here - 8-9 of her 14 children and her husband.|
Out on the street, the Church and Court lined up with the barracks. Macquarie wanted the convicts to remember God and the law should rule their lives. It's wonderful that these buildings are still here for us to enjoy.
|The old man with the old building - or maybe the handsome man with the handsome building! We really enjoyed our day in the city and learned more about this amazing land down under.|
|Lachlan Macquarie's clock - a good reminder for us all of choosing wisely in the time we have.|
|And across the street at the entrance to Hyde Park is Macquarie's statue. Is that his wife hanging on to his leg????|
|Hyde Park with another view of the fountain. There were 2 brides getting their pictures taken in front of the fountain. Below was our view as we headed back to the train station so that we could take a quick trip to Circular Quay for dinner.|
|We ended a lovely day with a baptism of 4 people from two zones. Greenwich is a suburb of Sydney and has a baptism font that opens to a courtyard. Missionaries from the City Zone as well as Beaches Zone gathered for this event.|
|The baptism was for 3 Chinese students from the mainland and 1 Greek. It was definitely a multi-cultural event.|
|The missionaries gather around this new convert just as they have for months while he was learning and studying the gospel.|
|It was amazing to hear the American Elder give the baptismal prayer in Chinese. We, unfortunately have only learned Australian - "Bob's your Uncle"!|
|And the final Perfect Choice - The missionaries and ONE member clean up the Kitchen. Once again, the missionaries show their service and love for everyone by handling the details themselves. They are amazing and we love them heaps!!!!|