National Art School
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Sydney Jewish Museum
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Forbes & Burton
Tune in beyond the weekend chatter in this sandstone room and you’ll hear satisfied sighs emanating from the regulars. During the week,...
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National Art School information
From 1841 to 1912 these sandstone buildings were Darlinghurst Gaol: writer Henry Lawson was incarcerated here several times for debt (he called the place ‘Starvinghurst’). If today’s art students think they’ve got it tough, they should spare a thought for the 732 prisoners who were crammed in here, or the 76 who were hanged.
The circular central building was the chapel. A tiny former morgue near the Burton St exit has creepy skull-and-crossbone carvings. There’s also an excellent on-site gallery showcasing students’ work.