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Blog post from Wednesday, 2 April, 2014

On 2 April 1844, the first purpose-built synagogue in Sydney was opened.

Jewish free settlers had been arriving in Australia since 1821, but some Jewish convicts had arrived on the First Fleet. After using temporary rented premises and meeting in a private home, the new synagogue was built on York St and was designed by James Hume.

See the State Library of New South Wales feature on the Australian Jewish Community and Culture on Discover Collections. The story behind the synagogue is illustrated with images from the collection.