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Designing Sydney 1879-1891: visions of an antipodean South Kensington


Orr, K, Designing Sydney 1879-1891: visions of an antipodean South Kensington, Journal of Australian Colonial History, 11 pp. 147-166. ISSN 1441-0370 (2009) [Refereed Article]

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When the first international exhibition in the Southern Hemisphere was held in Sydney in 1879, the natural beauty of the harbour setting was much admired. The city itself, however, was widely criticised for its narrow, crooked streets, pavements in a 'disgraceful state' strewn with rubbish, inadequate sewerage, an uncertain water supply, poor lighting, 'uncoordinated building designs', inadequate public amenities and lack of the cultural institutions that mark a civilised society. The Sydney International Exhibition placed a new emphasis on the city. It fostered civic pride and inspired a desire for future development that would include an art gallery, a new public library, a technical college and a technological museum.

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Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:Sydney, South Kensington, international exhibition
Research Division:Built Environment and Design
Research Group:Architecture
Research Field:Architectural history, theory and criticism
Objective Division:Culture and Society
Objective Group:Understanding past societies
Objective Field:Understanding Australia's past
UTAS Author:Orr, K (Professor Kirsten Orr)
ID Code:107511
Year Published:2009
Deposited By:Architecture
Deposited On:2016-03-17
Last Modified:2016-08-16

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