Wednesday, 2 July 2008

Sydney Heritage (5)

This is Hyde Park Barracks in the vicinity of which many of the photos in this blog have been taken. The cats live in and around a shed at the back.

It was designed by Francis Greenway, the convict architect, who also designed St James Chursch which features in several photos on this blog.
As many as 50,000 convicts transported to New South Wales from around the old British Empire spent some time at the Hyde Park Barracks. Based at the Barracks, they provided the labour and skills that built the colony. Later the old building was a temporary home for thousands of female immigrants and infirm or destitute women.

By the turn of the 20th century its rooms and corridors echoed to the sound of lawyers, clerks and a range of public servants working at a variety of jobs from providing law courts to public services like the vaccine institute and government printer.

Today it is a museum of its own history and a window into the past.

3 comments:

Julie said...

Macquarie Street is a delightful street, isn't it? I will be down that way this evening with a friend as we go to a freebie at the AG-NSW for the beginning of the Shibuhashi Festival.

David -- www.CostaRicaDailyPhoto.com said...

Ann,

Thank you for your compliment left on my Tamarindo Costa Rica Daily Photo site yesterday. I am glad you enjoyed it and hope that my photos in the future will continue to give you a welcome perspective of Costa Rica, as do your photos of Sydney.

Dina said...

Quite a history The Barracks has.
I remember being amused by the offerings of their gift shop: rubber mice and toy ball and chain.
Oi!