Government Buildings in Sydney

Government Buildings in Sydney, Australia

Government Buildings in Sydney

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  • Mairwen1
    United Kingdom6,324 contributions
    Town Hall is in a central part of Sydney and for tourists, there is a lot to see in and around the area. If you are getting on/off the train at Town Hall Station, the building sits right above the station.
    Mostly, it is just a lovely building to take note of as you walk past. In summer the purple jacaranda trees out the front make a nice photo.
    Across the road, is the QVB (Queen Victoria Building), built in 1898 to celebrate the Queen Victoria’s Diamond Jubilee and next door is St Andrews, the Anglican Cathedral (1860).
    It is a 5 minute walk to Hyde Park in one direction and, in the other direction, a 9-10 minute walk to Darling Harbour.
    The Town Hall itself is a grand building in the High Victorian style. It was completed in 1889, just 100 years after the colony was first settled. When finished, it dominated the city skyline and was by far and away, the most imposing and impressive building in the colony.
    The most dramatic features are the classical temple-like facade, the wide staircase leading to the front doors and the soaring clock tower. The architects didn’t shy away from excess. They splashed out with lions’ heads, finials, urns and friezes and didn’t hold back on columns or arches either.
    Today, the town Hall houses the offices of the Lord Mayor of Sydney and those of elected councillors but it also frequently hosts community events and concerts. For this reason, it is not always open to the public. Although normally you can do tours, I believe that they are currently cancelled due to covid restrictions.
    Written 12 April 2022
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  • Peter M
    Melbourne, Australia954 contributions
    This very grand building is near the Royal Botanical Gardens and also has an address of Conservatorium Road. It was built in 1837-1843 and is on the State Heritage Register.It is the vice regal residence of the Governor of NSW. It was residence of the Governor of Australia from 1901-1914
    Written 26 April 2021
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  • LCS477
    Greater Sydney, Australia3 contributions
    The architecture of this building is very interesting and the tour operator Alexandra knowledge was very good.
    Written 16 May 2022
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  • Jeffry b
    Essendon, Australia10,473 contributions
    Coming from Victoria, a relatively young State, I am always amazed by Sydney's age, The Parliament of New South Wales derives from the Rum Hospital, which later became the seat of government for NSW. In 1856, NSW was granted responsible government. The Parliament of NSW looks so colonial. It is not majestic, just authentically Australian. The Chambers are relatively small. As is customary, the Legislative Assembly is green and the Council red. If the Parliament is not sitting, you may be able to take a tour.
    Written 18 November 2021
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