Last Sunday, the 12th of January 2014 we passed by this unique world heritage on our way to Circular Quay from the Hyde Park where some shows for the Sydney Festival 2014 were on progress, visited some actually.
The buildings attracted my attention and came to knew as such when some guys were having some photos at the gate. I discovered further that it was a barracks of convicts where thousands of them during the 1819 to 1848 had lived. It was not actually our intention to be here and so I did just take some photos of it.
Today, I’ve learnt from their website that it is one of the most significant secular buildings surviving from Australia’s colonial development and it was the first convict barrack in the colony.
According to their guidebook, the Hyde Park Barracks Museum displays evidence of the thousands of men and women who lived and worked here during its 190 year history. A diverse and colourful history is revealed in the personal histories and recollections of the Barracks’ occupants and through pictures, documents, artefacts, objects, soundscapes and the fabric and rooms of the building itself.
The buildings are one of the finest works of the accomplished colonial architect, Francis Greenway, who was himself a convict. Here is the link that treasures its wealth of history, should you wish to know more about the museum just click the link.