Demolished Sydney

Museums, History
Rowe Street, photographer unknown, 1929
Photograph: City of Sydney Archives Rowe Street, photographer unknown, 1929

Uncover Sydney’s past at the Museum of Sydney’s new exhibition

Demolished Sydney is a historic exploration into Sydney’s past and present buildings. The exhibition remembers the city’s lost buildings – from the Garden Palace at the Botanic Gardens to Fort Macquarie that used to stand at Bennelong Point, where you'd now find Sydney Opera House.

The exhibition reveals how Sydney’s buildings have risen and fallen as technologies have changed, populations moved and industries diversified. 

Step back in time and discover some of Sydney’s notable buildings, such as the Hotel Australia, which was once the city’s grandest hotel and the centre point for a thriving nightlife in Martin Place. Or St Stephen’s church, which was demolished to improve traffic flow. And Kent Brewery, which was a 'wet' brewery where workers enjoyed two "smoko" breaks a day with schooners of beer, and is now part of the Central Park redevelopment in Chippendale. 

The exhibition features archive photography, illustrated maps of historic industrial suburbs like Pyrmont and a recreated and reimagined shopping laneway that is reminiscent of glamorous boutique shopping in Europe. 

By: Rebecca Zhuang

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