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Demolished Sydney Exhibition

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Demolition of the tram shed at Bennelong Point, Fairfax Media, 30 December 1958. Fairfax Syndication: FXJ171876. Supplied by

Museum of Sydney is currently hosting 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.

Demolishing Hoffnung's building, Pitt Street, Sydney, Ernie Bowen, 1939. State Library of NSW: hood_19948.

Curated by Dr Nicola Teffer, the fascinating 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.

West side of Circular Quay, looking south (Commissariat building), E G Shaw, 192324. State Library of NSW: a7813005.

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.

The Head office of the Rural Bank of NSW, c1950s, photographer unknown. Commonwealth Bank Archives.

Demolished Sydney is now on at Museum of Sydney and closes 17 April, 2017.

Admission is priced as follows: Adult $12, Concession $8, Family $30, Members Free of charge, Children under 5 years Free of charge

State Office Block from AMP building, July 1966. City of Sydney Archives 069333

Demolished Sydney Talk Series

Complementing the exhibition is an engaging Demolished Sydney talk series, which further explores themes and stories from the exhibition. Join some of Australia's most influential architects, historians, heritage professionals and social commentators around significant demolished sites.

The last talk in the series, The Black Stump: Valuing the modernist heritage of the State Office Block is at Museum of Sydney, Sunday 2 April.

Tickets are priced as follows and include admission in the Demolished Sydney Exhibition: General $40, Concession $35 and Members $30.

To book your tickets, please visit

Theatre queue for Regent Theatre (taken for Fox Films) 1946. State Library of NSW hood_21601.
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When: 19/11/2016 - 17/04/2017
Where: Museum of Sydney: Cnr Phillip and Bridge Streets, Sydney, NSW 2000
Cost: Adult | $12 Concession | $8 Family | $30 Members | Free of charge Children under 5 years | Free of charge
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