Boating, Cooks River c1910

Boating, Cooks River c1910

B1269 Horsedrawn omnibus, Sydney Tramway and Omnibus Company, Sydney, NSW, Australia, Vehicles like these conveyed passengers to the Pleasure Grounds.

B1269 Horsedrawn omnibus, Sydney Tramway and Omnibus Company, Sydney, NSW, Australia, Vehicles like these conveyed passengers to the Pleasure Grounds.

the fashionable place to be, As well as a zoo, the hotel also featured a bowling  green from 1864......history of lawn bowls here: http://www.ashfieldbowlingclub.com.au/nsw_bowls_club_96.html

the fashionable place to be, As well as a zoo, the hotel also featured a bowling green from 1864......history of lawn bowls here: http://www.ashfieldbowlingclub.com.au/nsw_bowls_club_96.html

The original Joseph Banks Inn 1853. The road from Sydney was very bad so most people came to The Pleasure Gardens by boat. For special occasions the proprietors arranged for a steamship from Circular Quay, leaving at 9.am and returning from Botany at 6pm. A ticket for the round trip cost 10/-, Entry to the zoo cost 1/-, dinner cost either 4/- or 10/- depending on which dining room was used. (The average weekly income was £1/19/- )

The original Joseph Banks Inn 1853. The road from Sydney was very bad so most people came to The Pleasure Gardens by boat. For special occasions the proprietors arranged for a steamship from Circular Quay, leaving at 9.am and returning from Botany at 6pm. A ticket for the round trip cost 10/-, Entry to the zoo cost 1/-, dinner cost either 4/- or 10/- depending on which dining room was used. (The average weekly income was £1/19/- )

Burning Shells to Make Lime, 1874

Burning Shells to Make Lime, 1874

Sydney Holiday Resorts from the Illustrated Sydney News 1883

Sydney Holiday Resorts from the Illustrated Sydney News 1883

Queens Birthday celebration 1878 in Sydney, showing (bottom right) a chariot race in the Sir Joseph Banks Pleasure Grounds

Queens Birthday celebration 1878 in Sydney, showing (bottom right) a chariot race in the Sir Joseph Banks Pleasure Grounds

The Grounds were renamed Olympic Recreation Grounds in 1906

The Grounds were renamed Olympic Recreation Grounds in 1906

catching an omnibus in Sydney 1879

catching an omnibus in Sydney 1879


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Queens Birthday celebration 1878 in Sydney, showing (bottom right) a chariot race in the Sir Joseph Banks Pleasure Grounds

Queens Birthday celebration 1878 in Sydney, showing (bottom right) a chariot race in the Sir Joseph Banks Pleasure Grounds

the pleasure grounds opposite the hotel once featured a running track

the pleasure grounds opposite the hotel once featured a running track

The original Joseph Banks Inn 1853. The road from Sydney was very bad so most people came to The Pleasure Gardens by boat. For special occasions the proprietors arranged for a steamship from Circular Quay, leaving at 9.am and returning from Botany at 6pm. A ticket for the round trip cost 10/-, Entry to the zoo cost 1/-, dinner cost either 4/- or 10/- depending on which dining room was used. (The average weekly income was £1/19/- )

The original Joseph Banks Inn 1853. The road from Sydney was very bad so most people came to The Pleasure Gardens by boat. For special occasions the proprietors arranged for a steamship from Circular Quay, leaving at 9.am and returning from Botany at 6pm. A ticket for the round trip cost 10/-, Entry to the zoo cost 1/-, dinner cost either 4/- or 10/- depending on which dining room was used. (The average weekly income was £1/19/- )

Sydney Holiday Resorts from the Illustrated Sydney News 1883

Sydney Holiday Resorts from the Illustrated Sydney News 1883

Angas, George French, 1822-1886. Botany Bay, Sydney, N.S.W. [picture]

Angas, George French, 1822-1886. Botany Bay, Sydney, N.S.W. [picture]

early image of the pleasure grounds

early image of the pleasure grounds

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Sir Joseph Banks Hotel before restoration

Sir Joseph Banks Hotel before restoration

The French community in Sydney often held Bastille Day picnics there

The French community in Sydney often held Bastille Day picnics there

During 1851, Beaumont and Waller opened their Zoological & Botanical Gardens, an open-air pleasure resort with its own amphitheatre, in the grounds of their Sir Joseph Banks Hotel at Botany Bay. Sydneysiders visiting the grounds on weekends and public holidays could see a diversity of wild, exotic and native animals, reptiles and birds. There were also facilities for bathing and boating.

During 1851, Beaumont and Waller opened their Zoological & Botanical Gardens, an open-air pleasure resort with its own amphitheatre, in the grounds of their Sir Joseph Banks Hotel at Botany Bay. Sydneysiders visiting the grounds on weekends and public holidays could see a diversity of wild, exotic and native animals, reptiles and birds. There were also facilities for bathing and boating.

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