Sydney is perhaps most identified by its famous Opera House. It was planned and campaigned for in the late 1940s, but was only finished in 1973. Its location is prominent in the Harbor and easily accessible from the City. To many, the building looks like the sails of the boats which fill the Harbor.


Sydney Harbor Bridge is as recognizable a landmark as the Opera House. It carries pedestrians, automobiles and rail traffic across the Harbor. We are looking from Sydney to North Sydney. Although planning for such a bridge began in the 1890s, it was completed in 1932. It is 1650 ft in length. Many people love to walk over the arches - and pay dearly for the privilege! (You can make out some hardy folk near the flags at the top.)


Sydney Harbor is not just a place, but a way of life. It is everywhere and shapes the lives of its citizens in many ways. Sydney is the largest city in Australia, with 4 and a quarter million people. It was established in 1788. Today, it is a sophisticated, busy, friendly and inventive city. We enjoyed, among other things, its labyrinth of underground shopping - and its great sky tower, from which this pictures was taken.


In addition to the Harbor, the people of Sydney love their beaches. And there are lots of them facing the Pacific Ocean on the east. While we were there, a sculpture exhibit was on view along one beach - Bondi, by name. There were lots of art works on view. We liked this one because it said something about the family life of Sydney. Parents, grandparents and their children walked the couple of miles along the coastal cliffs where the exhibits were placed.


The Cathedral Church of St. Andrew was founded in 1819 and consecrated in 1868. It houses a fine and beautiful pipe organ. It is a busy place of worship. It is also home to one of the finest schools in Sydney. The Cathedral faces a multistory building which houses the Archbishop's Offices and other enterprises - including some of those underground shops mentioned earlier.


We were pleased to be hosted by Archbishop Peter Jensen and his wife, Christine. We gathered at their home for dinner with our old friends, Bishop Paul Barnett and Bishop Ray Smith, whom we got to know at the Lambeth Conference.  Both are now retired. And we met Bishop Ivan Lee, who assists Archbishop Jensen. (From left: Bp Lee, Abp Jensen, Jim, Bp Barnett, and Bp Smith. Bp Smith and his wife Shirley graciously took us all over their Sydney.)

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