Monday, 30 May 2011

Hyde Park Barracks

The Hyde Park Barracks are at the southern end of Macquarie Street. It was designed by colonial architect Francis Greenway and constructed by the convict labour between 1818 and 1819. It was the principal barracks for male convicts in the state of New South Wales, providing lodgings for convicts working in government employment around Sydney. From 1848 it was adormitory for newly arrived female immigrants. From 1887 to 1979, state government offices were based here and today it is a museum operated by the Historic Houses Trust.

16 comments:

  1. I would love to visit this museum. I'm fascinated by all things Sydney in the convict era.

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  2. You are so lucky to still have the original barracks Jim, as you know they knocked ours down here in Perth, all but the Arch......for a view for the politicians, can you imagine,such a shame, it would also have made a fantastic museum.

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  3. I'd really love to go through this museum; your country has such an amazing and interesting history. It's a a grat looking building and wonderful that it's been preserved for this use.

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  4. clean classic lines-




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  5. PerthDailyPhoto, I didn't know they did that in Perth. It's a shame to lose a part of history like that.

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  6. Very interesting to read about the many uses this building had over the years. It's lovely.

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  7. you educated me. I always thought barracks were for soldiers.

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  8. Symmetry was certainly "IN" in 1818.

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  9. It's an impressive building, still very British!

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