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Click to enlargeCity Hall in the Avenue of the Republic. This magnificent building from the Victorian era, was completed in 1889. Georgetown has many fine buildings dating from the colonial period.
[03 Mar 2012]
Click to enlargeAnother view of the City Hall and City Engineer's Department, Avenue of the Republic, Georgetown.
[03 Mar 2012]
Click to enlargeNo shrinking violet in terms of colour, Annjees and the Maharaja Palace Restaurant in Sheriff Street.
Click to enlargeA ringed kingfisher (Megaceryle torquatus)* on the old railway line in Georgetown.
[* I think!]
Click to enlargeAnother decidedly not inconspicuous building in Shefiff Street, Club Monaco.
Click to enlargeStabroek Market. Click to enlargeThe statue of Queen Victoria outside the High Court in the Avenue of the Republic, Lacytown.
Click to enlargeThe steamer Canje Pheasant shortly after its launching. (1) Click to enlargeThe Cenotaph, the British Guiana War Memorial dedicated to those who lost their lives in the two world wars.
[3rd March 2012]
Click to enlargeThe eyes have it. The Cenotaph and National Library, housed in the Carnegie Building, Georgetown. I made use of the library and found it to be very useful. Click to enlargeDiocese of Guyana Building, corner of Barrack and High Streets, Kingston.
Click to enlargeAvenue of the Republic. Click to enlargeIn some of the streets in Georgetown, it pays to watch where you are walking as some of the gutters are pretty deep.
Click to enlargeCommerce Street. Click to enlargeThe Georgetown Club, Camp Street.
Click to enlarge Waterloo Street, Georgetown. The canal is covered with Victoria Regia. [from a postcard late 19th or early 20th century]
Victoria regia (aka Victoria amazonica) Victoria is a genus of water lily, in the plant family Nymphaeaceae, with very large green leaves that lie flat on the water's surface, rather like large trays. It was first discovered by Europeans in South America by the botantist and explorer, Thaddäus Xaverius Peregrinus Hænke in 1801. In 1828, the French naturalist, Alcide Charles Victor Marie Dessalines d'Orbigny, sent some specimens home to Paris. However, the plant excited no attention till, in 1837, Sir Robert Schomburgk found it in the Berbice River in British Guiana. The first published description of the genus was by John Lindley in October 1837, based on specimens of this plant returned from British Guiana by Schomburgk. Lindley named the genus after the new Queen, Victoria, and the species Victoria regia.
Click to enlargeWaterloo Street in 2012.
Click to enlargeVictoria Regia (now 'amazonica') water lillies in the Botannical Gardens.
[3rd March 2012]

■ See an old view of the gardens. This picture shows an old postcard featuring the Kissing Bridge.. The bridge was made by S. Woodall, Boiler, Bridge and Roofing Works, Dudley, Worcs., England. A more recent picture of the bridge is in the slideshow on the Zoo and Botannical Gardens Page.
Click to enlargeThere was unusually heavy rainfall at the end of February 2012; this, combined with blocked ditches and a number of inoperative sluice gates, resulted in flooding in some areas of Georgetown.
[29 Feb 2012]
Click to enlargeAn ice factory and cold storage warehouse in Water Street.    
Notes
1. British Guiana Handbook, 1956. Her Majesty's Stationery Office, London.

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