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

Philip Johnson

Newport Beach, Australia

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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
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Equipment: Nikon D300, Sigma 10-20mm

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

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