C1868

The Union Club, Bligh Street, Sydney.

Rare colonial engraving of the Union Club building at its original Bligh Street address. In June 1857 various leading citizens determined to create a new gentlemen’s club in Sydney that was broad, more social and less political in function. With … Read Full Description

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Full Title:

The Union Club, Bligh Street, Sydney.

Date:

C1868

Artist:

Unknown

Condition:

In good condition

Technique:

Hand coloured engraving.

Image Size: 

197mm 
x 155mm
AUTHENTICITY
The Union Club, Bligh Street, Sydney. - Antique View from 1868

Genuine antique
dated:

1868

Description:

Rare colonial engraving of the Union Club building at its original Bligh Street address.

In June 1857 various leading citizens determined to create a new gentlemen’s club in Sydney that was broad, more social and less political in function. With James Macarthur (1798-1867) as its first President the club grew quickly and acquired a large Georgian mansion in Bligh Street (designed by Francis Greenway) close to Parliament and to the then financial centre of the town. In the 1880s, the Club was rebuilt by the William Wardell in the dignified Palladian style then popular in similar London clubs. Further renovations were completed in 1907 under Sir John Sulman. In the mid-1950s, the Club rebuilt in the Bent Street section of its gardens – using the services of the leading architect of the day, Sir Arthur Stephenson. This building with its distinctive curved brickwork shape was the last of the purpose-built city clubhouses in Australia. It remains to this day, the centre of club activities which was formed by a merger between the Union Club and the University & Schools Club in January 2007.

From the original edition of the Illustrated Sydney News.

Collections:
National Library Australia: Bib ID 440095
State Library New South Wales: F8/39-40
State Library Victoria: PCINF 1853-1872

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