Dictionary of Sydney

The Dictionary of Sydney was archived in 2021.

The Domain

Park in central Sydney which dates from the colony's earliest days.

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Sydney Domain
Commemorated by
Part of

East Circular Quay

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The area that is now East Circular Quay was quickly seen as the governor's side of Sydney Cove after colonisation in 1788. The first house built on the point belonged to Bennelong. When the semi-circular quay was constructed from 1837, the eastern side of the bay was used as a quarry. From the 1860s, wool stores and warehouses were built that dominated the landscape until after World War II, when taller buildings were allowed.

The Domain

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Set aside as part of the Governor's demesne by Governor Phillip, the Domain was formalised by Governor Macquarie in 1816, and has been a people's park, cultural precinct and the scene of political action and dissent ever since.