Rowe Street - Remembering Sydney’s slice of Bohemia

Demolished Sydney Talks

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Past Event
Rowe Street, a narrow lane between Castlereagh and Pitt streets, epitomised Sydney’s bohemian life from the late 19th century until the 1970s, when it was demolished to make way for the MLC Centre. Home to bookstores, tearooms, cafes, bars and European-style fashion stores, with the grand Hotel Australia at one end, Rowe Street was an important centre for Sydney’s cultural life, and introduced the latest local and international trends to the city.

‘For almost a century, Rowe Street was Sydney’s little slice of Bohemia – quaint, arty and as near as we could manage to Montmartre. A rendezvous when coffee bars were new, Rowe Street was a place of poets, painters, shoebox theatres and shops selling Paris hats.’ (Valerie Lawson, Sydney Morning Herald, 13–14 October 2001) 

Join us as we discuss the history of Rowe Street and the Hotel Australia, their characters and quirks, and explore the social change that led to the demolition of this cherished enclave.

Bookings essential

Book online or call the Box office: 1300 448 849

Individual talk price:
General $40
Concession $35
Members $30

Series ticket price (all five talks):
General $160
Concession $140
Member $120

When & Where

Sunday 5 March 2017 3PM–4.30PM

Museum of Sydney

Cnr Phillip and Bridge Streets, Sydney, NSW 2000
Museum: 02 9251 5988
The Governors Kitchen: 02 9241 1788