Formerly the ‘Rum Hospital’ – oldest surviving public building in Sydney’s CBD
Built for a cost of 45,000 gallons of rum, The Mint is rich in history. It was originally part of Governor Macquarie’s ‘Rum’ hospital for convicts and later became the first branch of the Royal Mint outside London. Today The Mint is home to Museums of History NSW’s head office, the Caroline Simpson Library & Research Collection, Bullion café and a spectacular series of venue hire spaces.
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When Lachlan Macquarie began his term as governor of NSW in 1810, Sydney was in desperate need of a new hospital
As photographers documented the evolving face of the Mint, they recorded changes to the site and streetscape
Over the decades, photographers have captured unexpected glimpses of the Mint’s history