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Macquarie Street – Sydney

Macquarie Street – Sydney

Stretching from Hyde Park in the south to the Sydney Opera House in the north, Macquarie Street was once Sydney’s most fashionable street. Governor Macquarie commissioned the construction of many of the colony’s grand public buildings along this strand, some designed by convict architect Francis Greenway. Impressive sandstone residences soon followed with verandas to capture the beautiful views of the surrounding parklands and Sydney Harbour. In 1816, the completion of Sydney Hospital on Macquarie Street encouraged doctors to set up offices along nearby. But the hospital’s capacity exceeded demand and legislative offices moved into some of its buildings. Today, Parliament House occupies the hospital’s northern wing and is open to the public when the New South Wales Parliament is in session. The old Sydney Mint inhabits the hospital’s southern wing, which is now home to a library, central courtyard, and café. Also on Macquarie Street, is the State Library, the oldest library in Australia. Among its jewels are the journals of Captain Cook and Joseph Banks as well as Captain Bligh’s log from the Bounty.

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-33.8640796, 151.2127762

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