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Stories from the Archives: 200 years of the Government Architect

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Thursday, 28 April 2016 - 6pm to 7pm
On Saturday March 30, 1816 The Sydney Gazette and New South Wales Advertiser announced that Francis Greenway had been appointed as acting Civil Architect and Assistant to the Engineer by Governor Macquarie. Greenway became the first in a long line of government-appointed architects. Since the early 1800’s The Government Architect has been responsible for the design of government buildings including their ongoing maintenance and care. The Government Architect has also provided advice and direction to government on architecture, building, infrastructure and planning-related issues. Over the last 200 years the work of the Government Architect is directly linked to major events in the history of NSW, including the provision of post offices, the post-plague demolition of The Rocks and responding to the rapid need for school and university facilities for Baby Boomers in the 1960s and 70s. There are many stories about obscure people, places and events. Discover some of these stories from the archives of the Government Architect. Matthew Devine is an architect & heritage specialist, working with the NSW Government Architect (GA). He will be talking with Veronica Norman, a historian researching the history of the GA.

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