Sydney from Woolloomooloo1849

by G.E. Peacock

Acquired 1936 

George Peacock captured this view from near what is now Victoria Street, in Potts Point, looking across Woolloomooloo Bay and the Domain, and up to the ridge of Macquarie Street. From left to right you can see the first St Mary’s Cathedral, St James’ Church, Hyde Park Barracks and the Rum Hospital (now the site of NSW Parliament House) and the Female School of Industry (now the site of the State Library). The new Government House stands proud at the right of the painting. Above the sandy shallows of Woolloomooloo Bay, in the centre of the painting, is the Domain. Its six kilometres of ‘tastefully planned’ carriage roads and footpaths were described as the ‘lungs of Sydney’.