Museum of Sydney Exhibition:
Demolished Sydney (19 Nov 2016 – 17 April 2017)
This summer the Museum of Sydney will host Demolished Sydney, an exhibition exploring the buildings that once shaped the city’s skyline, from the convict built Commissariat Stores to the city’s last island of industry, the Kent Brewery.
Curated by Dr Nicola Teffer, the exhibition examines the histories of 13 sites and asks, what are the forces that have shaped our changing city and how do we value and preserve the heritage of the city we inherit?
Like its counterparts across the world, Sydney has been in a constant state of building, unbuilding and rebuilding as it has grown into the metropolis of today. The mix of Georgian, Victorian, Art Deco and modernist buildings that have formed the character of Sydney also tell the story of its changing fortunes, attitudes and needs. Demolished Sydney reveals this process of urban evolution through key buildings that have been demolished and replaced. Through fragments salvaged from theatres, hotels and office blocks, alongside stunning photography, artworks and film, Demolished Sydney brings back to life the heritage of a Sydney that is gone but not forgotten.
West side of Circular Quay, looking south E G Shaw, 1923–24 (Museum of Sydney)
The Garden Palace Charles Potter (publisher), from “Album of views of New South Wales”, 1889 (Museum of Sydney)
The Head office of the Rural Bank of NSW Photographer unknown, c1950s (Museum of Sydney)
Fort Macquarie tram depot Photographer unknown, 1955 (Museum of Sydney)
Carlton United Brewery, Broadway Alex Mattea, 1987 (Museum of Sydney)
Regent Theatre, George Street Ted Hood, 1938 (Museum of Sydney)
Rowe Street Photographer unknown, May 1929 (Museum of Sydney)
Pyrmont Power Station Mark Ray, early 1980s (Museum of Sydney)
Char Towers Mark Johnson, 1978 (Museum of Sydney)
Exterior view of Pyrmont incinerator from south-west Walter Burley Griffin, 1935 (Museum of Sydney)
Hotel Australia (Museum of Sydney)
St Stephen’s Church, Phillip Street Photographer unknown, c1920s (Museum of Sydney)
Aerial view of the State Office Block Photographer unknown, c1960 (Museum of Sydney)