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Customs House and Circular Quay, Sydney NSW 1845

By George Edwards Peacock

To accommodate the growing demands on the Customs Office due to the expansion of maritime trade to the colony, Government Architect Mortimer Lewis designed this Greek-revival style building, completed in 1845. The building, although completely altered through renovation and additions, still sits at the head of Circular Quay.

George Peacock surprisingly depicts the rear of the building, and brings the scene to life with the detail of townsfolk going about their daily business. Aboriginal people are seen in the foreground — a frequent detail in images of Sydney from this time.

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Collection Item Type:
Oil on board
Call Number:
DG 35
Published date:
1845
On display:
Exhibition Galleries
Sponsorship:

Sponsored by Anne, Tom and Oliver Swain

Copyright Information:

Out of copyright: Creator died before 1955

Please acknowledge: Dixson Galleries, State Library of New South Wales

Display Location:
Exhibition Galleries
Historical Dates
Started Wednesday, 1 January 1845
Finished Wednesday, 31 December 1845
Started Wednesday, 1 January 1845
Finished Wednesday, 31 December 1845
Started Wednesday, 1 January 1845
Finished Wednesday, 31 December 1845