Thursday, 3 October 2013

2017 Zetland

Zetland, is the last suburb in our alphabet of Sydney (that said, it continues to be a project in no particular order); it is also the first suburb that Maxine and I have photographed this year! Lunch was planned at the Grounds of Alexandria and with Zetland conveniently placed as the neighbouring suburb it was lovely to be zipping through its 39 streets on a sunny day. In this place, which at one time was thought to be the smallest suburb in Australia, we found the dintinct style of the old and across the road the brand spanking new! We were lucky to fall into conversation with a local resident who grew up in Zetland. She told us of the changes she's observed in the small suburb to which she has recently returned to look after her father. The Victoria Park area has seen the bulk of this change. From swamp - to race course - to car manufacturing plant - to naval stores depot - to the purpose-built modern towers of gentrification. This part of Zetland is quietly going about it's way with families and young professionals Planning to create a new and vibrant culture.

The Zetland Hotel @ Green Square
On Elizabeth Street
Zetland... Under Construction
A Reflection of Nature
Car Industry-  Old and New

Coco and...
Local Resident
Zetland is the archaic spelling of Shetland and was named after the Earl of Zetland.  It has changed from swampy marshes that sit in the land of the Eora people to soaring architectural structures that dominate the skyline. And here upon a wall, in a quiet unassuming spot, is this curious young woman who keeps sole watch as this place takes on a whole new lease of life.


  1. This really is a place where the old meets the new...great job!!!

  2. Love the opening picture, especially the shadows and the man walking towards us. I am just in love with the little old house. Love little coco too. I think we did well in the end don't you. I will in box you Chanet's email.

  3. Love the photos Arpana! Who would have thought Zetland would be so interesting and photo-worthy? Did you and Maxine make it to The Grounds. I hope's such a treat to go there. Looking forward to your next venture! xx Gai

  4. Once again you have managed to caputure the 'best side' of a suburb. Particularly love the construction photo and the mix of the natural and man made elements you have shown. Never tire at looking at your photos! Andrea

  5. "Great job so very interesting what you are doing :-) "

  6. luis oliveira7 May 2014 at 15:37

    Hi chanet. .is that you from Elizabeth st?
    I am luis oliveira from bourke st... waterloo public. Let me know if you get this. Btw there is a group in face book for waterloo public