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'You're a legend, Alan' - Hon.
Tony Abbott, former Prime Minister of Australia (Heart Foundation
He was one of Australia's great characters' - 9 TV Network's Getaway 2008
A welcome dose of inspiration' - 9 TV Network
A cyber celebrity' - 9 TV Network's Getaway 2006
Australia's Forrest Gump' - 7 TV Network's
The senior citizen who is leading the fight against
heart disease' - 10 TV Network news
Many of the photos on this website were taken as Alan Waddell, 94, walked every street in
292 suburbs of Sydney, Australia.
We have continued his legacy by regularly posting more photos from our walking -
there are now over 5,100 unusual photos of Sydney. There have been over 4,853,000
pages viewed by over 1,865,000 visitors from 186 countries (latest new one is Turkmenistan) - see
Countries for full list.
Alan Waddell was encouraged by his doctor to take up walking.
After a while, repeating the same route every day became boring.
So Alan Waddell decided to walk every street in his own suburb.
In December 2002, this idea of walking every street
was expanded to include neighbouring suburbs and so his odyssey
TVS Sydney is editing an afternoon of filming Alan's walking
and interviewing him. It is expected to be screened around
the end of the month in the "Couch" programme, which
looks at unusual happenings in Sydney. The producer wrote
that "it was one of the most enjoyable shoots we've experienced",
adding that Alan "was fantastic, a natural in front of
the camera, and we all thought his sense of humour and energy
was something to be marvelled at."
9 TV Network’s Getaway
6 April 2006
The holiday and travel show Getaway is watched by over 2
million Australians. Presenter Jules Lund interviewed Alan
then asked him to show why the Sydney Harbour walk from Clifton
Gardens to Balmoral is one of his favourites.
Presenter Jules Lund interviews Alan at
Clifton Gardens for Getaway.
Filming for the Nine Network's Getaway was
disrupted when a group of nursing home ladies on a bus outing
demanded his autograph.
Jules and Alan climb steps in the former
navy base at Clifton Gardens.
From the Clifton Gardens to Georges Heights
walk there are magnificent views across Sydney Harbour to
Vaucluse and Watsons Bay.
Georges Heights was a gun base intended to
defend Sydney Harbour before and during the two world wars.
Channel 31's Couch April 2006
Alan is interviewed in Bates Street, Birchgrove,
for Channel 31's Couch programme.
7 TV Network’s Sunrise
27 January 2006
In this breakfast programme Alan Waddell faced well-known
personalities David Koch and Melissa Doyle. He appeared quite
relaxed even though it was a live, national telecast, seen
by nearly half-a-million people.
Alan in the make-up room, 30 minutes
before going on air.
Alan is welcomed to the Sunrise set by Melissa
Doyle and David Koch.
The production of Sunrise is based right
in the centre of Sydney, in Martin Place (seen through the
glass at the left of centre of the photo). At the left, people
passing by pause to look through the studio's glass walls.