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An Exhibition of Pictures of Old Sydney

Exhibition of paintings of parts of Sydney which were due for demolition in the cleansing of The Rocks and Millers Point after the outbreak of plague in 1900. Organised by the Society of Artists, it was held in their rooms in Pitt Street.

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Date of event
Mar 1902

Painting Old Sydney

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Just over a century ago, a unique collection of paintings opened a window to the urban life of the Rocks and Millers Point before their major transformation. No part of Sydney had been depicted so intensively. The Old Sydney Exhibition succeeded in bringing the loss of Old Sydney to the attention of the public, and so planted the seeds of the heritage conservation movement.