Sydney Living Museums is organising a Media Preview for its latest exhibition, Demolished Sydney at the Museum of Sydney this week.
Demolished Sydney tracks Sydney’s evolution through some of its more prominent demolitions to provide a fascinating insight into the city’s urban landscape from past to present. Since 1788, Sydney has grown from Georgian town to Victorian city to the global urban centre it is today through a continuous process of building and rebuilding, with every demolition playing a part in a fascinating story of a changing city and its people.
The exhibition will showcase some of the most significant demolitions of the past two hundred years, providing visitors a peep into the city’s building history complete with a host of lost buildings from the Garden Palace to the Kent Brewery. The exhibition will also reflect on how demolition has occasionally made way for the city’s most iconic buildings such as the Fort Macquarie Tram Shed being replaced by the world-famous Sydney Opera House, or the convict-era Commissariat Buildings making way for the modernised Circular Quay.
Demolished Sydney will also feature demolitions that signalled the end of eras and the beginning of new ones such as the Pyrmont Incinerator and the Kent (Carlton United) Brewery, which were demolished in 1992 and 2008 respectively as industry moved out of the city fringes and people moved back in, while the demolitions of Hotel Australia and Rowe Street in 1971-2 were part of a CBD office boom.
Demolished Sydney will open at Museum of Sydney on 19 November 2016. The Media Preview is being organised on Friday 18 November, 10am-12noon.