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Entrance "The Old Mint" [Macquarie Street Sydney], ca.1935 / Thomas J. Lawlor
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Entrance "The Old Mint" [Macquarie Street Sydney], around 1935 / Thomas J. Lawlor
1 photoprint : b&w ; 15.5 x 20 cm.
One of 6 photographs of the former Sydney Mint included in an album inscribed : 'Burdekin House / Elizabeth Bay House / The Mint. Old Sydney / 1933-35'. This photograph captioned under the image: "Entrance The Old Mint".
A photograph showing the entrance forecourt of the former Sydney Mint. This building was originally the south wing of Governor Macquarie's General (or 'Rum') Hospital, constructed 1811-1816. It underwent few changes during the period when it was used as part of the Mint, retaining its colonnaded verandah and the entrance steps visible in this image. Part of the entrance gates and carriage loop, created when the Mint was established here in 1854-55, can also be seen in this image. The garden bed in front of the building was created around 1890 and in this photograph the strelitzias and oleanders, apparently planted in the early 20th century, have reached maturity. Striped canvas awnings or sunblinds are fitted to the upper verandah - these had been used on the building since the 1860s. The building in the background is the present Sydney Hospital (completed 1894).
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Insites no.32 Spring 2002 pp.4-5: "Tattered treasures".
Caroline Simpson Library & Research Collection ; photograph album: Thomas J. Lawlor
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