Interior of The Strand Arcade, Sydney, NSW, Australia

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Interior of The Strand Arcade, Sydney, New South Wales (NSW), Australia

The Strand Arcade is a Victorian-style historic shopping arcade in Sydney, NSW, Australia. The Strand Arcade is located in the heart of the Sydney central business district (CBD), between Pitt Street Mall and George Street.

Deigned by English architect John Spencer, ‘The Strand’ was built in 1891 and was opened in April 1892, as the fifth and last of the arcades built in Sydney in the Victorian era. It is the only one remaining in its original form today. The Arcade was originally known as the ‘City Arcade’ or ‘Arcade Street’. In 1981 it was named after the The Strand in London, famous street that links the city of London and the city of Westminster. The Strand was London’s smartest theatre, hotel and shopping street in the early 1900s. The arcade became run down. Sydney’s Strand Arcade has survived two depressions (one in the 1890s and the other in the 1930s) and withstood the threat of two major fires. During restoration work, a fire broke out on the morning of 25 May 1976. The arcade was partly destroyed. Restoration began again and the arcade, back to its original grandeur, re-opened in 1977.

Today The Strand Arcade still retains the small elite boutiques that defined the Sydney shopping experience of the 1890s and it is Sydney’s epicentre of style and design. The Strand houses Australian designer labels, jewellers, places to eat, coffee shops, unique gift shops and beauty salons. It has been restored extensively and is a major element in the Pitt Street Mall. The Strand Arcade was the last of the arcades built in Victorian Sydney, and it is the only one remaining today in its original form. The Strand Arcade is an important heritage landmark within Sydney. Even if you find the place too expesive for you, The Strand Arcade is still a place you would like to see. It is located close to Queen Victoria Building. The closest train station is Town Hall.

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  • Kris Koeller - September 13, 2011 - 1:57 am

    Great colors. Super sharp.

  • Ilya Genkin - September 13, 2011 - 5:43 am

    Thanks, Kris! It was a challenge to get sharp pictures – tripods are not allowed there and even with the glass roof it’s not too much light there.

  • Chris Wray - September 13, 2011 - 8:38 am

    Nice capture; great long lines! Grand architecture.

  • Человек Ниоткуда - September 15, 2011 - 7:46 am

    Are you sure it is Australia? It looks like GUM

  • Ilya Genkin - September 15, 2011 - 8:39 am

    Thanks Chris! I love this shopping mall – very old style.

  • Ilya Genkin - September 15, 2011 - 8:40 am

    Человек Ниоткуда, I’m 100% it’s The Strand Arcade and not GUM. Last time I was in GUM in 2002.

  • Roy Jones - December 14, 2011 - 8:58 pm


    I am fishing for the history of Shop 5, Stand Arcade.

    The LEICAGRAPH Co Pty Ltd occupied shop 5 in 1940. I was wondering what happened to it and its photo negatives?


  • Ilya Genkin - December 19, 2011 - 10:45 am

    Hi Roy, I’m so sorry but I’ve got no idea what happenned with Leicagraph.

  • Pam Hurst - September 14, 2015 - 12:47 pm

    I am trying to find out the period when LEICAGRAPH Co Pty Ltd occupied Shop 5 The Strand Arcade, Sydney. I am trying to establish a date for a coloured photograph which has a stamp with
    (1) Leicagraph Co.
    (2) address 5 Strand Arcade, Sydney.
    (3) Box ______G.P.O. Sydney. on the back

    There are two sets of numbers provided for Ordering
    ‘Please Quote Both Numbers’ They appear to be 15/50 ?6/ and 261311

    Are you able to offer any assistance or guidance as to how these numbers can identify the date the coloured photograph was taken ?

    Many thanks

  • Ilya Genkin - September 14, 2015 - 1:34 pm

    Hi Pam,
    Unfortunately I do not know anything about LEICAGRAPH. Really sorry!

  • Craig Jurd - September 27, 2015 - 11:55 am

    Hi Pam
    I have photos with the same type of numbering and the same location from my mother’s wedding in 1970 but cannot connect the numbering to the date of the wedding.
    My numbers are neg R587N11 and R587M5 and both have X24 also.

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