Time stands still at Hyde Park Barracks

 

Time is standing still for a while at Hyde Park Barracks, as we’ve allowed the turret clock to wind down for a much needed rest.

Convict clockmaker James Oatley, who built the clock in 1819, and Benjamin Lewis Vulliamy who rebuilt the mechanism in 1837, probably wouldn’t have been surprised to hear that after 200 years of ticking away, the clock needs a complete overhaul.

This highly specialised and painstaking work will take several months to complete, but we will aim to have Australia’s oldest public clock keeping time again as soon as possible in 2019.

Stay tuned for more details on the conservation work and its progress.

Related story

About the Author

Fiona seated in hammock in Hyde Park Barracks.
Dr Fiona Starr
Curator
The Mint and Hyde Park Barracks Museum
Fiona claims her love of Australian history, genealogy and world history is hereditary – passed on by her mother and grandmother.

Gold Melting Room at the Mint

Sydney Open

Sydney Open Member & VIP Talks Program Friday 11 October 2019

This year, we are excited to invite members and VIPs to a day of drop-in talks on Sunday 3 November at the Member & VIP Lounge at the Mint.

Interior photograph looking out of Studios 54 including the blue level balcony.

Sydney Open

Just Announced: Second Release Focus ToursFriday 11 October 2019

Two people at top of escalator looking up at ceiling.

Sydney Open

Meet our AmbassadorsThursday 26 September 2019

Our 2019 ambassadors come from a range of backgrounds; architecture, design, arts, culture, photography and media but share a common love of Sydney’s architecture.

Tour leader talking about exhibit to group in foreground.

Songs of Home

Donors enjoy ‘Songs of Home’ curator-led tourWednesday 25 September 2019

Volunteers in the courtyard of The Mint for the closing celebration of Sydney Open 2017

Sydney Open

Sydney Open volunteers: a personal perspectiveWednesday 25 September 2019

Sydney Open, an iconic event in Sydney’s calendar that couldn’t be possible without the hundreds of passionate volunteers, that enlighten Sydney siders and visitors alike of the history of this great city.