C1861

The Exchange.

Scarce engraving of Sydney’s original Stock Exchange building which is now the Royal Exchange Building 21 Bridge Street, cnr Pitt Street. A grant of land was obtained on Gresham Street, opposite Macquarie Place, and in 1853 plans were commenced for … Read Full Description

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Full Title:

The Exchange.

Date:

C1861

Artist:

Unknown

Condition:

In good condition.

Technique:

Hand coloured engraving.

Image Size: 

240mm 
x 174mm
AUTHENTICITY
The Exchange. - Antique View from 1861

Genuine antique
dated:

1861

Description:

Scarce engraving of Sydney’s original Stock Exchange building which is now the Royal Exchange Building 21 Bridge Street, cnr Pitt Street.

A grant of land was obtained on Gresham Street, opposite Macquarie Place, and in 1853 plans were commenced for the construction of a permanent building. The design by J F Hilly, a well-known Sydney architect, was selected. Governor General, Sir Charles Fitzroy, laid the foundation stone of the new building on 25th August, 1857. This new sandstone building was four storeys high and designed in the Corinthian manner. It became a symbol of Sydney’’s prosperity in the 1850’’s during the gold rush era. By 1857 the building was completed and was officially opened by the then Governor General, Sir William Denison, on the 30th October 1857. The Captains of the great Clipper ships traded their cargoes and transacted business from the floorboards of The Exchange. The share brokers moved in in 1871 and the Sydney Stock Exchange was born.

From the original edition of the Illustrated London News.

Collections:
National Library Australia: Bib ID 759241
State Library New South Wales: RECORD IDENTIFIER 74Vv5Oy4wEgl
State Library Victoria: YA 059.42 IL6 1845-1873
State Library Queensland: Record number 51209384670002061

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