Government House in the Royal Botanic gardens, Sydney

Course - The Governor's Domain

TheDomain and Royal Botanic Gardens is a fascinating area of surprises. This was the centre for British power and prestige in the early colony. This area retains an historical record from Indigenous times to the arrival of the First Fleet and the subsequent development of Sydney by a series of colonial governors, merchants and settlers. There are treasures galore for Sydney-siders and visitors. The first meeting will be class-room based, the other three will begin from Circular Quay.

Discovering the Domain - 4 x Sessions 9.30am - 1.30pm

Discovering the Governor's Domain:
In this introductory session and series of three walks, we explore the landscape, historical development of the Domain and Royal Botanic Gardens and visit a number of buildings and sites that represent the best of Sydney’s heritage. This course is suitable for people who enjoy walking and also for those who are new to it. The walks are around two to three hours’ duration but are not demanding.
The Domain in 1788
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Course Information

Discovering the Governor's Domain 4 Session Course Includes:

  • Comprehensive Course Notes
  • Interactive Discussions.
  • Three Excursions.
  • Audio-Visual Presentations.
  • Fun Quiz.
  • Next Scheduled Course: TBA
Course Sessions
  • SESSION 1.
  • INTRODUCTION.
  • Culture, History and Landscape.
  • Aboriginal habitation.
  • European Arrival.
  • Arthur Phillip to Lachlan Macquarie.
  • Development of the Domain and the Royal Botanic gardens.
  • SESSION 2.
  • THE DOMAIN.
  • Start: Hyde Park Barracks.
  • Hyde Park Barracks, St Mary’s, Art Gallery (tour 11.00am).
  • State Library.
  • SESSION 3.
  • EARLY BRITISH POWER.
  • Start: Circular Quay.
  • Original Government House.
  • HHT (entrance fee) for Museum of Sydney.
  • Royal Botanic Gardens (tour 10.30am).
  • Session 4.
  • EXPLORERS & BUILDERS.
  • Start: Circular Quay.
  • Bennelong Point.
  • Government House (tour 10.30am).
  • Mrs Macquarie’s Chair.
Planned Learning Outcomes:
By the end of this course, you should be able to:
  • 1. have a greater appreciation of the wonderful green gem in the centre of Sydney.
  • 2. Know the background to British power and prestigue in the early colony.
  • 3. confidently take visitors who are interested in Sydney’s history.