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Uncover The Relics of Haymarket


Beyond Traditional Shopping


Jessie Street Women Library


Eat Shop and Explore


Quay Street Today


Mini Interviews


Quay Square Tomorrow



Uncover The Relics Of Haymarket


Words by Audrey Xu

From the East to West, from business trades to international cuisines, Haymarket has it all. We unfold the secrets of culture harmony behind Haymarket. Since the early era of industrialisation, Haymarket area has been famous for its trade precinct. Located in the Southern part of Sydney CBD, leaves nothing but making the site as a central business district. The area was selected as the site of the colonial Cattle Market in 1828, and replaced by the Hay and Corn Market in 1833. This then began to be used as the district name.



George St., Near Haymarket in early 20th century.

its proximity with the trades and business area.

is living proof of cultural harmony where the East meets West. Where the tourists and locals could enjoy In 1901, The white Australia policy bought to Australia against shopping in Sydney’s largest immigrants from Asia. But, in 1966 traditional market, Paddy’s Market, or maybe eat delicious Chinese food, the White Australia policy was and explore Chinese culture. eliminated and large investors, mostly from China and Southeast The Haymarket area itself Asia were allowed to come to lived nowadays has rapidly become a in Australia. late night entertainment venue with plenty of restaurants opening By 1980, Dixon Street officially until late daily. Especially with known as Chinatown. It is part By 1860s, large numbers of people the popular Friday City Night of Haymarket, located between from all over the world started to Market sees Sydneysiders visit to the corner of Sussex street and migrate to Australia. They came to the area to indulge themselves bounded by George Street. Today’s the country, seeking freedom and in a mix of cultural vibrancy, Chinatown has a diverse variety new beginning. Most of Sydney’s from entertainment, to shopping of stores and play’s an important Chinese community resides in the and humble outdoor dining with role in Sydney’s tourism. This place Haymarket, in likelihood due to international cuisine.



Beyond Traditional Shopping

Words by Draking Ngaditono & Ghea Yantra

Since the 19th Century, Sydney’s biggest traditional market, always offer an experience beyond everyday shopping. Haymarket has always been known for its market and trading district, it wouldn’t be complete without the hustle and bustle of Paddy’s Market. Looking through its history, Padd’ys Market, was inspired by the Irish area of Liverpool, England. During the 19th century, the market was an open affair combined with

farmers selling animals and farm products to merry-go-rounds, sideshows, and Irish rag trade. Nowadays, Paddy’s market is an icon to the Australia local market. Although they have been wellknown for fresh food shopping, Paddy’s Market today are also supplied with various items

including clothes, sunglasses, jewellery, stationaries, flowers homewares, and tourist souvenirs. Whether you are buying authentic Australian gifts for your families or leisure shopping on the weekend, Paddys Market surely provide you with all the things you need.


Market; yet at the end he revealed his sentiment towards the small profit he made lately, “the money was not good” he said. Yet interestingly enough, he believed the hard work he had put over the years is not worth throwing away, just because the business is not doing well right now.

Moving on to the inner side of the market, more interesting stories about Paddys Market retailers are revealed. One stand stands out with the bright light and all the jewels on display. The owner, Right in the southern entrance of Mrs. Ying, was a daring Chinese women; although she has lived Paddy’s Market, a man possibly in Sydney for quite a long time around his fifties, sat down quietly on a plastic chair reading a English was not her speciality. Chinese newspaper while waiting All her English, she learned from the market. Speaking in for customers to approach his stand. Every Thursday, Friday and Mandarin, she keenly shared Saturday Mr. Tan cames to Paddys an interesting story of how she ended up opening a business to make a living from his talent; in Paddys Market. It all started he does quick illustration and 30 years ago, when she was drawing of people’s portrait. He was diffident and a bit timid when 33 years old, and she came to Australia seeking a better life. telling his personal experience She then resided in the area of 20 years working in Paddy’s

of Haymarket, since its known to be the precinct of Chinese people. She didn’t really chose the place to open the business, she just went with the crowd whom came with her as an immigrant. Then managed to open her own business in Paddy’s. Now in her sixties, she feels that her store is the only precious asset for her to survive in Australia. “Sometimes life just brings you the way, you don’t speak English, you were not born here, everything is hard, just work hard, gain a little profit, enough money for living is enough for me. I chose this journey so I have to work hard for it. I don’t even ask for more.” she said.


The majority of stand owners in Paddy’s Market today are immigrants from various countries, mostly from China, who have resided in Sydney for many years. Striving step by step, the retailers maintained their business to keep on going, since for many of them its their only source of income. Unfortunately, many of them recently are faced with financial issue; they noticed that their business income are declining compared to their profit in the past years.

Maria, whom surprisingly is still in a good health on her 95 years of age. Maria was a lovely lady, the warmth of her smile simply express ‘s how she loves her days working in the market. Although she was the older one, she seems to be the one acting like as if she’s in her twenties; before taking a picture she doesn’t forget to put one her lipstick and make sure she looks fine.

Maria started to work in Paddy’s Market with Mrs. Lin since the death of her spouse. By keeping her busy, Mrs. Lin believed that it would be the best option for Maria to wipe out her loneliness. Together they shared all the good and bad moments together in At the end of a corner in the order to survive the tough business market, there was a stand selling various Australian goods, providing competition. This amazing story of their strong friendship happened things from koala keychains and to grabbed the attention of Sydney magnets to candles and soap. A Morning Herald who even decided very passionate woman, named to write an article about the two of Mrs. Lin runs the place. She them in the 2009 October issue. opened the store in the 1970s; Mrs. Lin does not work alone, she has a loyal friend named



Clockwise: Mr. Tan, , Mrs. Ying, Maria with Mrs. Lin

The woman that change Australia, her hard work and contribution have been celebrated through many years. This library is a tribute to you, Jessie Street.



Jessie Street Women Library


Words by Audrey Xu Around the world, most women’s library are run by university students but not here in Australia; they’re run by volunteers and memberships. There are two women’s libraries in Sydney, one in Ultimo and another in Newtown. We visited the one in Ultimo and three lovely women librarians took us for a little library tour and shared the history of women’s library. The library was started by Jessie Street in 1989. As the first woman who was able to go United Nation (UN) with the Australian Government, she has done a great deal of work for Australia. Street helped the aboriginals, she managed to helped the Australian nurses to start a union to improve

their working conditions. This library in Ultimo had been named after her as a tribute for what she did to help Australia. Since it is a women’s library, all of their literature, video and audio collection is around women’s issues; written by women about women and for women. In some occasions the library also provides workshops every month with famous guest speakers including the Governor, businesswoman and book writers to talk about women’s issues. On September 20, 2010, the Jessie Street library held a fund rising event in Paramount House encouraging students to come and participate in their events.



Left: Jessie Street Above: The Library, (Clockwise): Sue Wright, Anne Smith & Lana Williams.

96-100 Hay Street, Chinatown Haymarket, NSW 2000

1 Quay St Haymarket, NSW 2000

SATANG THAI 20 Quay St Haymarket, NSW 2000 Satang Thai located on Quay Street near Central Station, at both side of the street. The first Satang Thai is slightly smaller than the following restaurant, the Satang Thai 2, right on the opposite of the road. Satang Thai has the incredibly cheapest price for meal and surprisingly, it’s tasty! No wonders almost every lunch and dinner times the place is always crowded. That was one of the reasons why there is Satang Thai 2. Besides the cheap price and finger-licking food, they also give more than generous portion. The Pad see ew and Chicken Drunky maybe has been the most favourite meal of the uni students and the workers around the area.

The café located right in front of Quay Square, in the UTS building. The café’s seating placed on the Quay Square area, so this is the best place to get your coffee and food when you are hanging around that space. The café open at 8AM – 6PM and they are always busy. The staffs are always helpful and friendly, even if they are on their busiest hours. You can choose to sit inside or outside, depends on the weather or your needs. Usually on a nice sunny day, most of the outdoor seatings are full. Try their pumpkin and spinach sandwich with a cup of coffee in a sunny Saturday morning.

POWER HOUSE MUSEUM THE 80’S ARE BACK EXHIBITION 500 Harris St, Ultimo Haymarket, NSW 2000 The current exhibition of the Powerhouse Museum brings us to revisit the glory of the 80s. From music, fashion, people, to parties and politics, the exhibition has a complete guide to travel back to the 80s. There are retro toys, such as Polly Pocket, My Little Pony, and also a giant lighted up Rubiks Cube. They have a transparent disco box where people can go inside and experience the 80s dance music with a lively disco light. This is one of the event you don’t want to missed out.

This unique Cakes and Bakery shop has an extra small window beside the shop specifically to sell their famous cream puffs. This small creamy puff has only one flavour, which is custard, but it has bunch of loyal fanatics. Most of the time, there are people lined up to get some of their favourite cream puffs. Surprisingly, for a famous treat like that, it only priced 30 cents each or 4 for $1. The cheap price and the yummy mini puffs draw people to have some of them while exploring the charm of China Town itself.



Dig into the flavour and excitement of Haymarket through the entertainment, happening events and local stores.





Words by Chrisanti Indiana


35 Harbour St, Darling Harbour Haymarket, NSW 2000

392 Sussex St, Chinatown Haymarket, NSW 2000

After US, UK, and Canada, finally the comedy tour of Robin Williams, “Weapons of Self Destruction” arrived in Australia this November. The show will consist the riffs of Williams’ view on social and political absurdities. The last Williams’ stand up comedy tour in US was nominated five Emmy Awards. For more information about the show, go to

MARKET CITY 2 Quay Street Haymarket, NSW 2000 This dynamic shopping centre located in the heart of China Town and right above Sydney Paddy’s Market. Market City has broad range of stores from beauty, fashion, jewellery, gift, and an Asian supermarket at the ground level. It also provides different kind of food stall, from Nandos to China Grand, a dim sum restaurant right on the third level of Market City. The clothing and beauty stores mostly located on the second level. Also don’t forget to visit Galaxy World with your family for some excitement.

This Korean Gift and Stationary shop located in the China Town, actually it is only one of their branches around Sydney. But what makes this store different from the other Morning Glory stores is every Friday Night, there is a Night Market in China Town, and usually they do a sale display in front of their store. They also amuse people with their staffs wearing giant bear costume or the Morning Glory’s bear and panda. They have the cutest and affordable range of stationary and toys from cute pens to gigantic teddy bear. Visit them at Friday night from 7 PM – 12 PM to get a special discount.

MARIGOLD RESTAURANT 683 George St Haymarket, NSW 2000 Wondering where you can get a good Chinese meals and dim sum for lunch with your family without worrying about where to park your car? Marigold, a Cantonese Yum Cha restaurant right in front of Market City and Paddys’s Market, serves the finest Chinese food and dim sum in the area. All customers will get a complimentary parking, and for people who walk, the restaurant is pretty easy to find. Perfect for casual dining as well as fine dining.

Quay Square Today



When form is not enought to impress, a space is left in vain.Quay Square today is a futile attempt of what a public space should be. Words by Samantha Alasadi The McConnel Smith & Johnson architecture firm undertook a step in closing the north end of Quay Street, Haymarket in response to stop the car pathways due to the new term rail tracks built along Hay Street. They managed to built an urban space and started their plan initially by expanding the pedestrian path on the west side of Quay street to accommodate new section of greenery. Followed by the construction of shaded canopy made with dark coloured wood trellis; supported with a wall covered with timber and steel. The canopy roof is hold up by fifteen green poles leaning against is, each

poles are tilted slightly towards different orientation. As you move down toward the space, you will start to notice the wafer roof design and the words engrave on the footpath. In the design they tried to provide a source of delight, and to create a distinct place appropriate for all the culture in Haymarket. Unfortunately, it was not a very successful public space. It does not fulfill the criteria of a communal area for the surrounding people to go and spend their time there. It has a lot of missing pieces how public spaces should be engaging and interacting with the community beyond from its physical look.



Above & Right: The current design of Quay Square



Ryan Powell UTS Law Student Thiri Ribeiro UTS Cafe Art Staff

Ruby Cornish UTS Law Student “I like to sit here to study because here is quiet, I don’t really sit in the café, because they’re noisy sometimes. I like here that under cover but it also gets sunlight, and I like that its close to the law building, cause I do law there. It’s just sort of close to everything, and away from everyone. I’d like to have more chairs to allow students to study here. I think it’ll be better if they have more trees and greenery.

Nicole Frkatic UTS Law Student “I think the space needs more chairs and tables allow students to study and socialize. Because right now the space seems to don’t have proper function. the space is a little dark and dingy, maybe should put more plants around this area. Make it livelier and more colorful. You know, summer is around the corner, so the weather is getting hot. Students need more shades to protect from sun damage.”

“Basically something special about this space is it’s location in the city center and it is a little china. I could actually think a lot of concept for it, like providing small stalls, or hangout area, this place could worth better. I think you could do many thing with it. There’s quite few people who still needs a good scenery around here during the night, it’ll be nice to have some lighting.”

“The space will looks nicer if has more seating and plants. We love the sun but sometimes here goes very windy here. I think it will be nice to have shades could protect student from wind and strong sunshine. Yes, sometimes there are skater kids. They’re practicing and its annoying. They take over the space, where this is area are not ment for them”

Joe Sherman Market City Car Park Part Timer Yurika Tanthia Carrick Patisserie

David Chen UTS Business Student “This is my first time use this space, I have look at this area today that I found here doesn’t have enough chairs and desks to sit. I like to sit on the bench, but there is no tables or chair. I like to stay under the sunshine. Actually that space have too much shade, it needs more light. I don’t like the space been covered too much.”

Eric Carson UTS Lecturer “I’m a casual lecturer here in UTS, teaching evidence and criminal law. I came around here only twice a week. So I don’t always be around these area. But from what I see, I am sure there is a lot more could be done with it, it just an open space nothing is happening with it. And I think all that space could be part of the café, and provide more facilities for the student, because this is the only cafetaria in this area, outside of law faculty.”

“I live just a few blocks from this place, so I passed by it almost everyday. My first impression is it is very modern and cool. But at night it gets very dark and become very unexciting or even interesting anymore. Maybe some lights will do to make it look better.”

“I pretty much see the space almost everyday; and sometimes stand there just only to smoke for a while. I like to get some fresh air after working hours and hours in the car park. I felt that the space looks alright, although it’s very empty. Proper seats would be nice to have there. What I did not like about it though, is the bamboo look-alike sticks; it just seems to be distracting and fake. Rather than that, it’s better to put some real plants or trees around it.”

Quay Square Tomorrow



Capturing the cultural harmony and vibrant energy of Haymarket through beautiful forms and flowing spaces.



Right: The New Quay Square (Day Time)

Words by Ghea Yantra The Darling Harbour Authority engaged Draking & Co. architectural firm to upgrade the Quay Square into a proper recreational public space with a distinctive atmosphere for such a strong area like Haymarket. With rapid growth population of residents, workers and tourists from diverse nationality and backgrounds, Haymarket has become the hub for global cultures. Its vibrant mix of cultures has reflected a strong harmonious relationship within the eastern and western culture in Sydney.

This idea then becomes the starting point in the Quay Square Re-design concept. With this project, Draking & Co. are committing to create a public space that renews the look Haymarket as a relevant, urban and global area. Beyond beautiful forms, the new Quay Square will capture the universal lifestyle of Haymarket into a creative three dimensional space. It’s going to be a place where the users will be able to sit and relax from their frantic activities, or simply to mingle with

the community during night time at both weekdays and weekends. The journey of the new Quay Square begins with a walk on the light brown stone pavement throughout the floor; a sense of warmth is build as you continue walking through the space with the lush vertical garden on its east side. A stack of small greenery pots are neatly arranged inside a square shape shelving, framed by bold scandinavian dark timber to bring it all together. The plants organic elements adds harmonious feeling within the space.

Moving on to the center of the space, a sleek transparent fibre glass shades stands tall covering one-third of the space. With a clear glass, the shade translucently pass the sunlight during the sunny days; but still cover enough during wet seasons.

To keep up with the vibrant energy of Haymarket, Quay Square provides remarkable lighting during the night time. Other than little floor lamps adorning the space’s ground, more excitement will be created with the radiant fibre glass panels on the shades.

The long dark bench placed in the middle area will allow quite a lot of people to have a seat, either for a short rest or socialize. The bench is assembled out of timber materials from previous construction. It is used to keep sustainability throughout the redesign of Quay Square.

The glass through out the shade features a built-in body heat infrared LED light that gradually change colour through time. What makes it even more fascinating is how it creates beautiful colour spectrum flow when moving body heat passing over the sensor.

After dawn, the new Quay Square is going to be transformed into a vibrant, lively space that will sparks up the night around Haymarket area. From the rich textures on the floor, little details on the organic vertical garden, to the captivating lights; each elements gives a sequence flowing to the space. With wit and thoughtful design, the new Quay Square is now transformed to a dynamic urban public space. The new Quay Square will give a unique and refreshing Haymarket inner-city experience to both locals and tourists with innovation and harmony.





Right: The New Quay Square (Night Time)

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