Macquarie St, Sydney is named after my favourite governor of New South Wales, Lachlan Macquarie who with his wife Elizabeth, came to the colony in 1810 and stayed until 1821. During that time he commissioned the building of many beautiful buildings that still stand today, many of them in the street named after him. He also brought in a lot of reforms for convicts which wasn’t popular with the military sent to guard the colony.
The first two photos in this post is of Hyde Park Barracks. The building was designed to house male adult and child convicts. It has also been a home to female immigrants, an asylum and a home for destitute women at various times. It’s my favourite building on Macquarie St. Inside is now a museum and a bookstore. I ban myself from the bookstore because there are so many books I really want. I can spend a fortune in there every time I go there. And now they have an online bookstore. Dangerous!!!
The Royal Mint which was originally part of the Rum Hospital. In 1853 it became the first branch of the Royal Mint outside England so it’s name was changed.