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Windmills in The Rocks

May 9, 2013  ·  2 min read

By Benjamen Judd

In case you missed it (and we almost did) there is a whopping great big windmill down in The Rocks. This walk-in art installation was created as a way of celebrating Sydney’s first theatre, which was opened in 1796, was the brainchild of a released convict.

 

Three shillings and sixpence would buy a front box, and those out of cash could swap flour, meat or spirits for a seat. By early 1800 the theatre was presenting Shakespeare’s plays. A few months later, the colonial authorities shut the theatre down for its perceived corruptive influences on the public. Because Shakespeare is evil and you should never ever read it or watch it. Just kidding.

 

Opening on 12th April 2013, The Rocks Windmill is an extraordinary new project from Sydney Harbour Foreshore Authority – a four-storey modern day mill, located in the heart of The Rocks, offering a rare and surprising journey into the past, present and future. A sight to behold both inside and out, the windmill offers unique experiences for all walks of life in a limited four-week season.

 

The space has been used to present a series of talks, workshops, baking classes, and a number of performances, screenings and interactions. Tickets for most events are free; however in the spirit of intimate colonial gatherings capacity is strictly limited. To ensure you don’t miss out, register online here.

 

The Rocks Windmill is located at The Rocks Square, Kendall Lane.


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