Some of the most iconic and enduring features of Centennial Park are the imposing sandstone gates that stand at the main entry points. However, there’s a few gates of lesser profile tucked away around the Park that you may not even be aware of, like the Brolga Gate.

The what?

 

A bit of history…

The Brolga Gate is a beautiful ornate gate located at the entry to the Bird Sanctuary in Centennial Park (adjacent Centennial Parklands Dining).

The gate was funded by the Gould League of Bird Lovers, an organisation formed in 1909 to prevent bird egg collecting and to educate for the protection of Australian birds (learn more about the Gold League and its history).

 

The Brolga Gate in Centennial Park

The Brolga Gate in Centennial Park

 

 

The Gate in Centennial Park

The Brolga Gate in Centennial Park was designed in 1939 by Jack Castle-Harris, well-known in pottery, ceramics and the arts at the time. They were commissioned as a memorial to Mr Harold W Hamilton, a long-term Secretary, Treasurer and honourary life member of the Gould League.

Originally located in the Lachlan Reserve area (where exactly is a little unclear!), however in 1953 it was moved to its present location.

Just another little piece of Centennial Park history that may easily be overlooked!

 

 

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