When Lachlan Macquarie began his term as governor of NSW in 1810, Sydney was in desperate need of a new hospital. The hospital was the first project in Macquarie’s ambitious building program.
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.
Architect Richard Francis-Jones pieces together the epic transformation of, in his words, this 'extraordinary and hidden ruin, shy to the public gaze' into a vibrant centre, an inviting public place open to all.
Meet the fascinating Robert Hunt, a senior Mint official, chemist and, according to Megan Martin, 'one of a new breed of formally qualified practical scientists', who also found time to take beautiful photographs of Sydney and its harbour.
Between 1926 and 1997 nearly 20 different government departments and law courts came and went from the Mint buildings. Find out how personal memories, archival research and curatorial leg work uncovered fascinating tales about the not-so-distant past of this familiar Macquarie Street edifice.