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Hyde Park Reserve on the River Lett


Sacred to all who love the quiet majesty of the bush and the beauty of clear, flowing water.


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  1. Hyde Park was gazetted as a reserve in 1881, and has been known as Hyde Park since at least 1897, but nobody remembers quite why. It is a place constantly renamed, remade, reshaped. http://www.juliewilliams.net.au/essays/whenfirstiknewthisplace/

    Possibly named after Hyde Park in Sydney, see below…

    Hyde Park Sydney was named after the original Hyde Park in London. The park is pock marked with drain lids, many of which lead down to Busby’s Bore, the first large-scale attempt at a water source system after backing-up the Tank Stream, the Sydney colony’s primary water source. Busby’s Bore was built between 1827 and 1837 using convict labour and fresh water from Lachlan Swamp (later known as Centennial Park) to the city. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hyde_Park,_Sydney

    In 1536, Henry VIII acquired the manor of Hyde from the canons of Westminster Abbey, who had held it since before the Norman Conquest; it was enclosed as a deer park and remained a private hunting ground until James I permitted limited access to gentlefolk, appointing a ranger to take charge. Charles I created the Ring (north of the present Serpentine boathouses), and in 1637 he opened the park to the general public. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hyde_Park,_London

    Cheers, John

  2. Does anyone know where the name “Hyde” park came from….who or what was Hyde?……anyone know?

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