Sydney's Forgotten Ancestor

Continuing the tradition of oral storytelling which has been present on country for generations, images of Sydney’s Garden Palace and the International Exhibition will not be displayed on the building’s original site throughout barrangal dyara (skin and bones). Visitors are asked to imagine Sydney’s forgotten ancestor, the vast palace which crowned the city’s skyline for just three years, raising its bones into our collective memory.


A selection of historic photographs of the Garden Palace and Sydney’s International Exhibition including the Ethnological Court, are displayed in the Palm House. Designed by the Garden Palace’s Colonial Architect James Barnet in 1876, this small historic greenhouse is a surviving witness to the fire.