Mr. Robert (Bob) Irvine talks about the proposed Old Sydney Town project, at this stage still an enthusiasts’ dream. It was to be an authentic experience with living reenactors recreating Sydney Cove life in the pre-Macquarie colonial times. Old Sydney Town opened on Australia Day in 1975, with then Prime Minister, Mr Gough Whitlam, coming along to support the launch. It closed in 2003 because of financial losses, said to be up to $600,000 a year. The concept was developed by architect Frank Fox with the help of the Federal Government and the Bank of New South Wales.
Noted historian and distinguished heritage architect Robert Irvine was the Research Director at Old Sydney Town for several years during the development phase. The project was focussed on the pre-Macquarie period and the ideal of unimpeachable authenticity. Bob Irvine pitched the idea to many organisations including the NHSA.
Duration is 19 minutes.
Note that photos and diagrams referred to in this address are not included in this audio-only podcast.