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Hyde Park Barracks Museum

brief history ...


Hyde Park Barracks plan
Few landmarks in Sydney, have such a rich history like the Hyde Park Barracks. They were build under Governor Macquarie's order and were designed by a convict architect by the name of Francis Greenway.

The construction of the Hyde Park Barracks started in 1817 and was completed in 1819. Governor Macquarie was so happy with the result that he granted a full pardon to Francis Greenway.

The original destination of the Hyde Park Barracks was to host around 600 convicts.
Hyde Park Barracks by night
©2006 Gabriel Ditu

During the time though, the Hyde Park Barracks were used as: hostel for immigrant women (1848), Coroner's court, vaccine institution, asylum for elderly women(1862) and District Courts.

In 1980 Hyde Park Barracks were renovated and the external walls repaired.

tourist information ...

How to get there
As the name implies, they are located in the Hyde Park. Take the train to St James Station and then a short walk. There are also many bus stations in proximity. See map1 or map2.


Contacts:
Queens Square, Macquarie Street
Ph: +61 2 9223 8922
Web site: cityofsydney.nsw.gov.au

Hours of Operation:
Hyde Park Barracks are open l0:00 AM - 5:00 PM daily except for Christmas Day and Good Friday.
27 January
1941 - World War II: Fighting at Derna, Libya, begins. Following the capture of Tobruk, two brigades of the 6th Australian Division under Major General Iven Mackay pursue the Italians westwards and encounters an Italian rear guard at Derna.

1903 - John Carew Eccles is born, Australian neuropsychologist, Nobel Laureate (d. 1997)
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