The Mint
Courtyard and grassed area, The Mint. Photo © Nicolas Watt for Sydney Living Museums MIN13_0052

Next Open Monday 29 May

 
9.30AM - 5PM
  • Cafe
  • Wheelchair Accessible

Entry

Free admission

Address

10 Macquarie Street, Sydney, NSW, 2000

Phone

+612 8239 2288
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Financed with 45,000 gallons of rum, Governor Macquarie’s ‘Rum Hospital’ provided 200 beds for convict patients. But stuffy, overcrowded and rife with dysentery, it quickly became known as ‘the Sidney Slaughter House’.

Rum Hospital

1816-1854

Functioning 1816-1842 as the south wing of the General ‘Rum’ Hospital for convicts, the site later provided an infirmary and dispensary for poor people.

What was the Rum Hospital?

Royal Mint

1855-1926

Open for business in 1855, the Sydney Royal Mint was the first overseas branch of London’s Royal Mint where 1200 tonnes of colonial gold were minted into 150 million sovereigns.

A short history of The Mint

Courts & Offices

1926-1997

Between 1926 and 1997 almost 20 different government departments and law courts came and went from the Mint buildings.

After the Royal Mint

Heritage site & SLM Head Office

1997- today

Integrating new and heritage buildings, historic structures and archaeological elements, the site today houses our head office, venue hire spaces, a restaurant and café, and is also home to the Caroline Simpson Library & Research Collection.

The Mint transformed

The Latest At The Mint

Drawing of front elevation of the Mint front building.

The Mint

Audio: Health, Disease & Death in the Early ColonyWednesday 3 May 2017

This podcast, first recorded at the “Our Healthy Heritage” seminar series, hosted quarterly by the Australian and New Zealand Society of the History of Medicine features SLM curator Dr Fiona Starr retelling stories of the colony’s first general hospital: the Rum Hospital.

Circular badge with 5 pointed star motif with letters ANZAC on each point.

 

WW1 stories from our museumsThursday 20 April 2017

To mark the 1914–18 centenary of World War 1, Sydney Living Museums has developed a special mini-website exploring the wartime engagement of individual men and women associated with our historic places.

Hand-coloured image of branch of tree with leaves, lemon and flowers.

Sydney Open 2016

Convicts, scurvy and the General 'Rum' HospitalThursday 3 November 2016

Convicts who were lucky enough to survive the transportation voyage, often arrived at Sydney Cove suffering infectious disease or other illness, and were admitted directly to the colony’s General 'Rum' Hospital.

Pencil drawing on fragile paper.

New online

200 years of the NSW Government ArchitectThursday 23 June 2016

When Francis Greenway was appointed Civil Architect by Governor Lachlan Macquarie in March 1816, he became the first government architect of New South Wales, a post which celebrates its 200th anniversary in 2016.

The exterior of the Mint in Sydney.

The Mint

200 years of the Rum Hospital: a symposiumWednesday 1 June 2016

Stories from The Mint

When the Sydney Mint’s Coining Factory opened in May 1855 it contained the most cutting-edge technology in the colony. The building itself was equally innovative. Made of prefabricated cast-iron components, it was shipped in pieces to Sydney, where it could be quickly assembled.