Images of Canberra – The Blue Sullivan

johnboy 30 November 2005 25

The photographer and I went for a walk along a branch of Sullivans creek. There’s a lot of beautifull photography, and a lot of very sordid graffitti to be seen along the way. More importantly Carey (my parent’s Jack Russell) got a good walk. In any event this is a tale of life in the drains.

This picture was taken under Northbourne Avenue. I was wearing a heavy coat and yes, a redneck hat.

john and carey under northbourne

The headwaters of the Blue Sullivan

Top of the Blue Sullivan

All the way along there are morlock holes contributing their flow to the Blue Sullivan.

Morlock hole

The upper reaches of the Blue Sullivan are criss crossed with these delicate bridges.

Bridge over Blue Sullivans

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25 Responses to Images of Canberra – The Blue Sullivan
ErkzO ErkzO 10:28 pm 19 Aug 09

Great pictures. hope you go on more camera walks

Thumper Thumper 2:03 pm 29 May 08

This was a cool thread….

back2berra back2berra 12:25 pm 29 May 08

Geoffco said :

The eagle is Darra logo/mascot. But I can’t explain past that… cause I have no idea why they have an eagle as their mascot.

sorry this is very late in a reply but just browsing thru old articles. daramalan has a eagle cause the word daramalan is derived from the aboriginals who lived in the area and who believed a wedgetailed eagle that flew above the was there to protect them

Samuel Gordon-Stewart Samuel Gordon-Stewart 1:49 pm 21 Jun 05

I can happily report that the saplings on page 3 are standing once again.


Thumper Thumper 8:34 am 15 Jun 05

Just to clarify my previous statement about the mighty Ginninderra Creek, I don’t have a camera….

Canberra_unsung_hero Canberra_unsung_hero 8:31 am 15 Jun 05

Thanks for the info and link Samuel. Their ‘explanation’ for adopting that particular ‘logo’sounds pretty weak to me, considering it’s similarity to the eagle shown on the link I provided above.
Also, it’s almost an exact replica of the ‘logo’ Saddam Hussein used to use.

Thumper Thumper 8:30 am 15 Jun 05

That is a seriously cool walk along the ex creek. I may have to get a camera and do the wilderness that is Ginninderra Creek sometime.

Thumper Thumper 8:14 am 15 Jun 05

Hmmm.. Dara and the workers club, not sure which one I was pissed more often at…

And has’nt the old Workies gone down hill??

blossy blossy 6:30 am 15 Jun 05

*blush* did I panic?? 😉

Samuel Gordon-Stewart Samuel Gordon-Stewart 12:09 am 15 Jun 05

I think this should explain the eagle (Yes, I have too much time on my hands…looking through the daramalan website after midnight to find eagle stories)
“We wanted a name that would have some bearing on our ideals as a religious congregation, that would be distinctively Australian and that would help to give the boys a spirit . . . Daramalan was chosen because it means eagle-men, the eagle . . .being a symbol used by some neighbouring aboriginal tribes to indicate the Great Spirit . . . a fitting symbol of our school and its attempt to lead our boys to God.
(College Magazine 1962, Headmaster’s Report)”

More on


Canberra_unsung_hero Canberra_unsung_hero 11:16 pm 14 Jun 05

Ok … it just reminds me of this —

(without the swastika of course ).

johnboy johnboy 11:14 pm 14 Jun 05

Sam, I meant to mention we’d started up by Dickson college, thanks for pointing that out.

CUH, the eagle is the dara logo, as portrayed, if you want more explanation go ask them.

Vic, that was pretty much the imrpession we were trying to convey.

Geoffco Geoffco 10:43 pm 14 Jun 05

The eagle is Darra logo/mascot. But I can’t explain past that… cause I have no idea why they have an eagle as their mascot.

Canberra_unsung_hero Canberra_unsung_hero 9:55 pm 14 Jun 05

Here’s the link –

Canberra_unsung_hero Canberra_unsung_hero 9:48 pm 14 Jun 05

and what about that Eagle ? Please explain !

Samuel Gordon-Stewart Samuel Gordon-Stewart 9:36 pm 14 Jun 05

oops, not “standing on”, just “standing”…my typing should go through the google translator, it would make more sense that way!

Good set of photos, if you walk further back along the frain past Dickson College you can go along the outskirts of the Mt. Ainslie Nature Park.

Why didn’t you take a photo of the phone tower near the tennis courts?


Vic Bitterman Vic Bitterman 9:27 pm 14 Jun 05

Truly wonderful post – well done. Having never lived in the civic region, it was all unfamiliar ground – I felt like I was along for the walk as well!!!!

Samuel Gordon-Stewart Samuel Gordon-Stewart 8:51 pm 14 Jun 05

Oh, and the saplings were standing on when I saw them last…I think.


Samuel Gordon-Stewart Samuel Gordon-Stewart 8:49 pm 14 Jun 05

The first few pictures are taken just near Dickson College…the green building in the background of pictures 2 & 4.

I know, I walk along there almost every day.


johnboy johnboy 6:54 pm 14 Jun 05

Yes, but before the ladies panic, I am very much still on the market

(and just look at the fun you could be having ladies!)

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