With the wind in our hair, we caught a rivercat into Circular Quay.
As many as 50,000 convicts transported to New South Wales from around the old
British Empire spent some time at the Barracks. Based at the Barracks, they
provided the labour and skills that built the colony. Later the old building was
a temporary home for thousands of female immigrants and infirm or destitute women.
By the turn of the 20th century its rooms and corridors echoed to the
sound of lawyers, clerks and a range of public servants working at a variety of
jobs from providing law courts to public services like the vaccine institute and