Stories from the Hyde Park Barracks Museum


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The ‘Humble Petition’ of convict John RushFriday 7 August 2015

Celebrated actor Geoffrey Rush is one of the growing number of Australians to claim a convict ancestor who passed through Hyde Park Barracks.His story was featured in

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War and order at the barracksFriday 24 April 2015

At the outbreak of World War I, there was a strong response from the NSW legal fraternity, many of whom were based at the Queens Square courts at the Hyde Park Barracks.

Black and white photo of barracks from across gravel road. Man leaning on lamppost in foreground. Windows of barracks have shutters and the bottom three front facing ones have blinds visible.


Blinds spotted at the barracksFriday 19 December 2014

We’ve recently installed new blinds in the Level 2 windows at the eastern end of Hyde Park Barracks, to protect the many tiny keepsakes and small things left behind by the women of Sydney’s female Immigration Depot.

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Book review: A forger's progressWednesday 10 December 2014

Read curator Dr Fiona Starr's book review of 'A Forger’s Progress: The Life of Francis Greenway' by Alasdair McGregor (2014).