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                    Kings Cross/Darlinghurst

You'd have to be very unworldly to be shocked by the very familiar sights of the Cross:  the drug addicts, transvestites, tourists, prostitutes,  and miscellaneous layabouts from around the world.  But if you return in the morning, you'll find a quaint, village like atmosphere with flower shops, coffee shops and charming houses on the back streets.

El Alamein Fountain.    Built in 1961, it commemorates the Australia army's role in the siege of Tobruk, Libya, and the battle of El Alamein in Egypt during World War II.

Elizabeth Bay House.    7 Onslow Ave, Elizabeth Bay. Contains the finest colonial interior on display in Australia.  It is a potent expression of how the depression of the 1840s cut short the 1830s prosperous optimism.  It was built for Colonial Secretary Alexander Macleay.  The domed oval saloon with its cantilevered staircase is recognised as Verge's masterpiece.  The original land grant was subdivided for apartments and houses in the 1880's.  In the 1940s the house itself was divided into 15 apartments.  The house was restored and opened in 1977 and is a property of the Historic Houses of Trust of NSW.  Ph: 9356 3022, Bus:  Sydney Explorer

Sydney Jewish Museum.    148 Darlinghurst Road, Darlinghurst.  Sixteen Jewish convicts were on the First Fleet and many more were to be transported before the end of the convict era. The Sydney Jewish Museum relates stories of Australian Jewry within the context of the Holocaust.  Holocaust survivors act as guides on each level.   Their presence, bearing witness to the recorded events, lends considerable power and moving authenticity to the exhibits throughout the museum.

Darlinghurst Court House.    Forbes Street, Darlinghurst.  Begun in 1835, the court house is still used by the state's Supreme Court mainly for criminal cases, and these are open to the public. 

Old Goal.  Burton & Forbes Streets, Darlinghurst.  Originally known as the Woolloomooloo Stockade and later as Darlinghurst Goal, this complex is now part of the Sydney Institute of Technology.  It was constructed over a 20 year period from 1822.  Surrounded by walls almost 7 m (23ft) high, the cell blocks radiate from a central round house.    The jail is built of stone quarried on the site by convicts that was then chiseled by them into blocks.  No fewer than 67 people were executed here between 1841 and 1908. 

 

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