#OnThisDay 22 November 1805 a violent storm displaced the head and sails of the first Government windmill on Observatory Hill at Millers Point, Sydney. Governor Hunter had brought out with him the working parts for a public windmill in September 1795 and John Davis, an Irish convict, constructed the windmill. For many years there were a number of windmills around this area and it became known as Windmill Hill.
Behind the Scenes
In this episode we take a look at some public buildings in the Government Architect plans. We have over 3,400 of these plans in our Collection and 438 have been digitised. The plans include a variety public buildings around New South Wales for example: police stations, courthouses, gaols, public schools and post offices. You will also find Sydney buildings such as the Registrar General's Office, the Colonial Secretary's building and the Treasury building. Some plans are Closed to Public Access for security reasons - for instance if a gaol, police station or a courthouse is still operating as a gaol, police station or a courthouse.