View of Lyons Terrace, Hyde Park, Sydney, NSW1849

by George Edwards Peacock

This row of five terraces, facing Hyde Park on Liverpool Street in Sydney, were located opposite where the Anzac Memorial now stands. Probably designed by Sydney’s most fashionable architect John Verge, they were considered ‘without exception the best in the city and would not disgrace the Regent’s Park in London’.

The terraces were built in 1841 by emancipist trader Samuel Lyons as accommodation for senior government officials; and tenants included important colonial figures like Chief Justice Sir Alfred Stephen. Demolition of the terraces began in 1910 to improve access to Central Railway.