Prince Alfred Park’s ‘Crystal Palace’ and Exhibition Gardens – talk by Stuart Read

From Stuart Read
Prince Alfred Park, next to Central Station, in 1869 hosted the Agricultural Society of NSW’s first city exhibition in decades. In 1870 it held Australia’s second ‘Inter-Colonial’ Exhibition, a grand affair with a ‘crystal palace’ echoing London’s. This Expo’s bold building and unusually extensive landscaping put Sydney on the international exhibition map. Large crowds arrived by rail, the symbol of the machine age.
This talk explores the designers and agents of the park layout, floral displays, plantings and legacy. Despite many changes, much remains to enjoy today.
Venue: Annie Wyatt Room, National Trust (NSW) Centre, Observatory Hill
Date: Wednesday 11th March, 6pm for 7pm start- 8.30pm (light refreshments first)
Cost: $30 / 20 AGHS members, includes light refreshments.
Bookings essential: email: Pay by cheque (to Australian Garden History Society – Sydney & Northern NSW branch) posted to 90 Cabbage Tree Road, Bayview 2104 Or by internet bank transfer to: AGHS SNNSW Branch at: ANZ Bank Centrepoint Branch, BSB no. 012040 – A/C no.: 101762565 NB: please include your name and ‘Prince Alfred Park’ to specify your intent. Refunds for cancellations will not be made if less than 48 hours’ notice is given.

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