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Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Supreme punishment.....

No more space ships, back to reality if we must...really! Standing here at the entrance to Stirling Gardens on St. George's Terrace is a statue of Alexander Forrest, explorer and surveyor of WA, what a great view he has looking up along the terrace. Walking down through the Stirling Gardens you catch a glimpse between the trees of the National Trust listed Supreme Court building. When it was completed in 1903 it was considered one of the most distinguished buildings of the gold rush period, it's been added to since then both in 1960 and 1986/7. This was the courthouse that would hand down the death penalty until it was abolished in 1984, the last hanging in WA was in 1964. It still handles the serious stuff like murders, armed robbery and sex offences. not the courthouse you want to get for your jury duty gig! Hope you're having a good week and all is as well as can be, take care.....





28 comments:

  1. VERY GOOD SHOTS

    WARM GREETINGS FROM HOLLAND, JOOP

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  2. Lovely looking garden, and a very impressive building, as it should be for the job it does.

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  3. Beautiful architecture!

    Have a great day!

    xoxo, Juliana | PJ’ Happies :) | PJ’ Ecoproject

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  4. Beautiful captures of the structure and its grounds - I guess if one got jury duty here, at least it would be in these grand surroundings! (Alas, Yale's pre-game pranks didn't quite work, they lost to Princeton;-)

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  5. Awesome captures for the day and what a fantastic building and beautiful gardens! You do have some lovely places to visit and explore!! Hope your week is going well!! Enjoy!

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  6. maybe those who must attend this courthouse can be soothed for a moment by the lovely gardens?

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  7. Great building. And your weather looks wonderful, Grace.

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  8. Its definitely a grand building especially the pillars.

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  9. Wonderful collection but it is that blue sky that does it for me. I can almost feel the warmth of the sun :).

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  10. Nice building!
    Good news! Not exactly your area, but I just found (and downloaded, and started watching...) this old 1980 TV series called the... Flying Doctors! Loved it then, still love it!!! Reminds me of this year spent in Alice in the late sixties, somehow.

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  11. Oh my... What a lovely place for a judge to pause...

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  12. What a fabulous building!!I like this garden around.Hard to believe it's such a severe place, I would have imagined a museum more than a court !

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  13. Nice post, but awful you had death penalty until 1964, seems so short ago. The weather looks nice overthere and walking in the park must be nice.

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  14. A very beautiful building! Lovely shots, Grace!

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  15. I like the way you put Forrest unusually high in the first photo. And the benches lead the eye perfectly to the court house. You are getting the hang of this photography thing, Grace.

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  16. All is well over here. What a beautiful day!!! That courthouse is cool and with spring all around, it looks like a great stroll around the grounds. But you're right....not sure I'd want jury duty:)

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  17. Impressive architecture. That would be some house.

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  18. What an impressive looking building. But, then the Supreme Court should be impressive I think. Have a wonderful Wednesday.

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  19. Gosh, that building certainly puts Melbourne's original Supreme Court to shame. The shot with the benches is the most impressive, and thanks to Jack I now see why.
    The statue of Forrest is quite interesting too - he seems to be gazing into the future at the dynasty he will create, as much as into the distance.

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  20. An impressive building in a beautiful setting. Love those blue skies.

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  21. A beautiful building and lovely gardens.

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  22. Gorgeous building! Last execution in Portugal dates back to 1846.

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  23. It all looks beautiful under that blue sky!

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  24. such lovely settings for such austere buildings ... wish our court houses in lower manhattan were in such pretty settings

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  25. We learn so much fro one another, and I appreciate your information since I have never visited your country...darn! I wish that our country, too, would abolish the death penalty...seems so barbaric to me.

    PS. Thanks for all your comments this morning on my posts; you outdid yourself!!

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  26. The impressive building commands respect. The death penalty is abolished. Also here. Yes, that's good, but some criminals that abuse them. In our country, crime increased. Good day to you! Peter.

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  27. Gotta give you credit for getting rid of the death penalty. I used to think supreme punishment as having to listen to a sermon on Sunday. Heh, heh.

    Back to death penalties: Isn't it interesting that the governor of Texas is a "pro-life" person but has presided over 250 killings in his prison death chambers. And just recently, it was proven the man was innocent, but he refused to allow the case to be reopened and the man was murdered by the State of Texas.

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