Saturday, 15 April 2017

Gladesville, Bedlam Point Wharf

This wharf is located at Bedlam Point on the Parramatta River, in the western suburb of Gladesville. It can be accessed from Punt Road through Banjo Paterson Park. The name Bedlam is a corruption of Bethlam from Bethlehem, which was the name of England's first lunatic asylum and may relate to the nearby former Gladesville Mental Hospital

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  1. Love the angled design of the wharf. Great scene.

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  2. Spectacular view, but why was it called Bedlam Point? Bedlam was an awful place.

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    1. The former Gladesville Mental Hospital was located nearby so I guess the name has a connection with Bedlam referring to the Bethlen Royal Hospital which specialised in the mentally ill.

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  3. A lovely scenery, it must be nice to spend time there.

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  4. Nice shot Jim. I've been told that the mental hospital was established in the very early days of Sydney's history down the Parramatta River to house the worst of the mentally ill because it was virtually impossible to get back to Sydney through what was then bushland with no roads. So I can just imagine, being dropped of at this jetty would have resulted in 'Bedlam'.

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    1. Valerie, there was actually a different wharf used in those days which is around the other side of the point. Only the stone footings remain but I'll try and get a shot of that.

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  5. love piers ~ great shot for fences ~ thanks,

    Wishing you a Happy Week ~ ^_^

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