If These Walls Could Talk What Stories They Would Tell  #2 - Hyde Park Barracks, Sydney by Philip Johnson

If These Walls Could Talk What Stories They Would Tell #2 - Hyde Park Barracks, Sydney by 


This shot taken on the 3rd Annual Worldwide Photowalk Saturday 24th July 2010, i led a group of 50 Photographers.

Listed on the Heritage Register of Australia

Constructed by convict labour in the 19th century, the Barracks is one of the most familiar works of the accomplished colonial England-born, Australian architect Francis Greenway. As the principal male convict barracks in New South Wales it provided lodgings for convicts working in government employment around Sydney until its closure in mid 1848.

Hyde Park Barracks in a 1914 drawing by William Hardy WilsonIt has had many occupants since then. It was an Immigration Depot for single female immigrants seeking work as domestic servants and awaiting family reunion from 1848 to 1886 and also a female asylum from 1862 to 1886. From 1887 to 1979 law courts and government offices were based at the Barracks.

In 1981, Hyde Park Barracks underwent conservation and adaptation work by award-winning architects Tonkin Greer and conservation architects Clive Lucas Stapleton and Partners. Now, the newly installed Hyde Park Barracks is a museum operated by the Historic Houses Trust of New South Wales. Tourists who visit the building discover the daily lives of convicts and other occupants through exhibitions on Sydney’s male convict labour force, Australia’s convict system, an innovative soundscape, excavated artefacts, exposed layers of building fabric and the complex’s rooms and spaces
Source Wikepedia:

Equipment: Nikon D300, Sigma 10-20mm

Technique: HDR 5 Bracketted Exposures, Photomatix 3.26, Capture NX

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Philip Johnson is a Photographer located on the Northern Beaches of Sydney. Specialising in HDR photography his works have been shown in galleries,published in Tourism campaigns. His work will also be available as Jig Saws through Crown & Andrews Australia

Winner of the Art Unlimited Photography prize 2012

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  • Denis Molodkin
    Denis Molodkinover 4 years ago

    Wonderful work, composition and light! Nicely done!

  • Bob Culshaw
    Bob Culshawover 4 years ago

    Thank you for sharing your artwork with the Photomatix HDR Group!

  • LBrammer
    LBrammerover 4 years ago

    Beautiful image and building Philip. :-)

  • Ryan Davison Crisp
    Ryan Davison C...over 4 years ago

    love the tone here, very good image

  • Akkra
    Akkraover 4 years ago

    Gorgeous processing Philip!

  • LudaNayvelt
    LudaNayveltover 4 years ago

    too bad I am too far, I would love to be in your group. So if you are the leader you not competing?, excellent image Philip

  • NinaF
    NinaFover 4 years ago

    Wonderful capture ..great color!

  • Sean Farragher
    Sean Farragherover 4 years ago


  • zoequixote
    zoequixoteover 4 years ago

    excellent….your photos have a lot of character!

  • F.A. Moore
    F.A. Mooreover 4 years ago

    It’s a handsome building, and the sky you captured, along with the colors, give it a mysterious feel. That’s great that it is now a museum with history of the convict labor force.

  • yes the building has a history , at one tme it housed young women that were sent to the colony for petty crime a large amount from ireland and scotland. you see the colony was a bit short of women so a large amount ende as wifes , and some actually were prety organised and made a fortune

    – Philip Johnson

  • francis greenway the architect of a large amount of buildings in the new colony was a convict originally sentenced to death but commuted to 14 years transportation Wiki:

    – Philip Johnson

  • to show you how young they were read the story of Mary Wade:

    – Philip Johnson

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