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Supreme Court House, Sydney, NSW1845

by George Edwards Peacock

In the late 1830s the Government Architect, Mortimer Lewis, designed the Supreme Court House (still standing on Oxford Street in Darlinghurst). Its severely classical form was much admired — author Louisa Anne Meredith thought it the only ‘architectural’ building in Sydney, while publisher James Maclehose considered it representative of the ‘cottages, villas, and even mansions, partaking of a grandeur of character which could not have been contemplated in the early history of the colony [but which] are now to be seen in almost every direction…’ Government House can be seen in the distance.