Colonial Ambition and City Development: The Influence of Commissioners for the 1879 International Exhibition on Sydney's Architectural Identity

Society of Architectural Historians Australia and New Zealand
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Conference Proceeding
Society of Architectural Historians, Australia and New Zealand (SAHANZ) Annual Conference, 2008, pp. 1 - 32
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The second-half of the Nineteenth Century saw Sydney transformed from a convict settlement into a commercial city. A representative cross-section of the men behind this transformation were appointed as Commissioners for the 1879 Sydney International Exhibition: elites who were influential in all aspects of colonial activity, and who, in various capacities, advocated for the development of the city and drove the building of its public institutions, commercial premises and private dwellings. This paper attempts a brief characterisation of the Commissioners, connecting their occupations, interests and ambitions with Sydneys urban development.
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