Art & Culture

Australian Museum, College Street, Sydney | Sydney

This collection was commenced in 1830, and contains many interesting exhibits in all departments of natural history. Of particular interest are the specimens of Australian native fauna, rocks and minerals, and exhibits dealing with the life and customs of Australian aborigines.

Conservatorium of Music, Sydney | Sydney

This building, at the northern entrance to the Botanic Gardens, was erected by Governor Macquarie in 1818 as stables for Government House, It is estimated to have cost 30,000. Before the building was completed, however, its "useless magnificence" was much criticized, and it was officially characterized as "a palace for horses, while human beings remained unhoused". To-day it is the State Conservat...

Exhibition Buildings, Carlton Gardens | Melbourne

The main hall of Melbourne's Exhibition Buildings of 1880 still survives as a proud monument to high Victorian optimism and belief in progress. The original complex of buildings covered an area of 8 hectares in Carlton Gardens complete with lakes and fountains. The buildings were used for the centennial exhibition of 1888. In 1901 the building was blazed with 10,000 electric lights to celebrate th...

Museum of Contemporary Arts, Sydney | Sydney

The Museum of Contemporary Art (abbreviated MCA) in Sydney, Australia is a museum solely dedicated to exhibiting, interpreting and collecting contemporary art, both from across Australia and around the world. Housed in the Art Deco-style former Maritime Services Board Building on the western edge of Circular Quay, the MCA is one of the youngest of the chief cultural venues in Australia's largest...

State Library of Victoria, Swanston Street | Melbourne

This institution, which began as the old Melbourne Public Library, is now known to scholars the world over. It contains more than 800,000 volumes and a notable collection of Victoriana-including more than 18,000 paintings, drawings, prints, and artefacts. © LBH

Sydney City | Sydney

Sydney is the capital of New South Wales, and the largest city in Australia, is built around the shores of Port Jackson, the site of the first settlement in Australia. In 1788, Captain Arthur Phillip arrived at Botany Bay with the first thousand white people to settle the new land in the South. He had charted his course in accordance with the navigation directions of Captain James Cook who, eight...

Sydney Opera House | Sydney

Opera Australia is the principal opera company in Australia and based at the Opera House in Sydney. The performance season runs for approximately eight months of the year, with the remainder of time spent in the The National Arts Centre in Melbourne. In 2004, the company gave 226 performances in its subscription season in Sydney and Melbourne, attended by more than 294,000 people. Like most oper...

Helen Lempriere National Sculpture Award | Melbourne

The Award is held at the Mansion at Werribee Park, Melbourne, early March to early May. Enjoy contemporary sculptures from Australia's leading artists, in the magnificent grounds of Werribee Park.

Phil Cleary ... views of Melbourne life

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