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Victoria Barracks

 

Victoria Barracks is in the suburban area of Paddington, between Moore Park Road and Oxford Street.

It is an Australian Army base located north of the Sydney Football Stadium, the Sydney Cricket Ground and Moore Park.

The Headquarters Training Command and the Headquarters Land Command are housed in

Victoria Barracks. The District Military Prison, which was built in 1800, holds the Army Museum of

New South Wales. The museum is open every Thursday from 10 in the morning to 12:30 in the afternoon. On Sundays, the museum is open from 10:00am to 3:30pm. The Corps of Guides conducts tours around the Barracks.

The Main Barracks is made of Hawkesbury sandstone, and it was constructed by convicts from 1841

to 1844. The building is an example of Regency style architecture along with the Rochester Terrace in Albert Park, Victoria.

The Officers’ Quarters, completed in 1842, was the first building in the complex. In 1846, the Main Barrack Block saw completion. It was built to accommodate over six hundred soldiers. In 1856, the clock and the bell were added to the structure. Originally, troops from the British Army occupied the Barracks. They vacated in 1870, and Victoria Barracks became Australia’s best training site until 1901.

 
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