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On display in Amaze


See some of the rare and beautiful items relating to the once magnificent Garden Palace on display in the Amaze Gallery.


The display includes a newly acquired drawing of the Garden Palace from Eaglesfield, Darlinghurst created by an unknown artist at 5.55am as the building was burning.

Other items on display include:

  • a time capsule that remarkably survived the burning of the Garden Palace on 22 September 1882

  • JC Hoyte’s famous painting, The burning of the Garden Palace, seen from the North Shore, 1882;

  • Colonial Architect James Barnet’s design for the building which he created in just three days, and a floor plan of the various exhibits;

  • the design for the stained glass dome; and

  • a piece of molten glass from the Garden Palace Fire, c. 1882

The Libray's display coincides with Jonathan Jones’s major installation barrangal dyara (skin and bones), which recalls the 19th century Garden Palace building where it originally stood in Sydney’s Royal Botanic Garden. 

Those visiting Jonathan’s installation are encouraged to see these wonderful items from the Library’s collection, as they provide an important reference point for what the original grand building looked like.

Information to help you plan your visit to Amaze is available here.