Macquarie Street

Area in City Centre & Haymarket

A swathe of splendid sandstone colonial buildings graces this street, defining the central city's eastern edge. Many of these buildings were commissioned by Lachlan Macquarie, the first NSW governor with a vision of Sydney beyond its convict origins. He enlisted convict architect Francis Greenway to help realise his plans, and together they set a gold standard for architectural excellence that the city has tried and sometimes failed to replicate over the years.

A statue of Macquarie pointing to his handiwork sits at the Hyde Park end of the street.


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