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The Mint

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The Mint adds to the collection of historic buildings on Macquarie Street in Sydney's CBD. Along with Parliament House and Hyde Park Barracks, The Mint is an example of early Australian development, and is the oldest public building in Sydney City. The Mint was built between the years of 1811 and 1816, as the southern wing of ‘The Rum Hospital'. This hospital is now known as Sydney Hospital and is located in a building nearby.


The Rum Hospital found its name after Governor Macquarie gave exclusive licenses to import rum to Alexander Riley, Garnham Blaxcell and D'arcy Wentworth. The profits from these licenses were used to finance the construction of The Rum Hospital. In 1854, the site became used as a mint. The Mint also had space to house staff who worked at there, including the Deputy Mint Master, and a coining factory was located in the rear of the building.

Over time the building has received various renovations and restorations. In the early 1980s it became a popular and award winning museum, showcasing Sydney's history with coins and currency. This museum is now closed, as the building transferred ownership.

The Mint building is now used as the offices of the Historic Houses Trust of New South Wales and sections of the building are open to the public. Visiting the site offers you an insight into the history of architecture in Sydney and the culture of early Australian settlers. If you would like to visit The Mint, you can easily add it to a walking tour of Sydney City, and visit the other historic buildings that are located nearby. Macquarie Street is located between Hyde Park and Circular Quay, and The Domain and Botanic Gardens are also located nearby. Address: Macquarie Street, Sydney, NSW, 2000.

 

 

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