SYDNEY. - Old Military Barrack Square Allotments. Minutes of evidence taken before the select committee...Monday 6 September, 1847.
Sydney, Govt Printer 1847. Foolscap modern cloth; 4pp & 2 large folding litho plans. ¶ Proposals for the redevelopment of what is now the Wynard area in the city. The two plans propose either a square in George street or something close to the present Wynard park. This was, as usual, an interminable discussion. Lewis, the colonial architect, says that he has been looking at draft plans since 1840 and he offers the new plan with the square in George street. The other plan, which was actually by Thomas Mitchell, is dated 1842. Other witnesses (who prefer Lewis' plan) point out that the land in question is worth a fraction of what it was in 1840. Lewis plan was adopted - the Sydney Morning Herald called it a "splendid improvement" - over the objections of Mitchell who immediately revised his plan. Sale of the land went ahead in accord with Lewis' plan but somewhere in there the government changed its mind and, despite an outcry, refunded some money, took back the land and we lost our handsome George Street square. Other copies may be buried in collected volumes of papers but Trove finds only the SLNSW copy.AUD 750.00 [Appr.: EURO 515 US$ 563.65 | £UK 439.25 | JP¥ 62764] Book number 6700
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