Hyde Park Barracks

As we arrived at the Mortdale train station for our Saturday sightseeing, there were signs announcing a closure on a section of the track to Sydney. At first we were worried it would take us much longer for our trip to the Hyde Park Barracks Museum. But the transit workers had carefully planned ahead. At Wolli (pronounced wall-eye) Creek, we joined a massive group of people as everyone on the train got off and walked to a different platform. Moments later, another train arrived and we were on our way.

Hyde Park Barracks entrance.

Hyde Park Barracks entrance.

Hyde Park entrance.

Hyde Park entrance.

This Hyde Park is named after the more famous one in London. It is also in the central part of the city. The Hyde Park Barracks Museum teaches the history of convicts and immigrants coming to Australia. It is the original building with a fenced courtyard. Their uniforms were very distinct, a little like a clown suit. They built the barracks they lived in while in leg irons. They received 2 meals a day, gruel for breakfast and soup for dinner. I was surprised to learn that many of the immigrants  were orphans (because of the potato famine) from Ireland. They were brought to be workers and servants in homes, then later married and moved to different towns in Australia.

In leg irons.

In leg irons.

Flogging frame and convicts costume.

Flogging frame and convicts costume.

Rows of hammock beds.

Rows of hammock beds.

Dormitory for the orphans.

Dormitory for the orphans.

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List of all the convicts in the barracks.

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Original roof/ceiling construction.

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