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Join the Sydney Harbour Federation Trust and step inside a fascinating part of Australia’s history as one of Sydney’s most intriguing buildings, the Marine Biological Station, opens to the public. The one-off open day provides the opportunity for the public to tour inside this fascinating building, built over 130 years ago, and discover the architecture from the 18th century.

Built in 1881 as a laboratory for eminent Russian scientist and explorer Nikolai Nikoleavich de Miklouho-Maclay, the Marine Biological Station was the first of its kind in the southern hemisphere. Maclay had a world-renowned reputation as an authority on marine animals. The property was designed by architect John Kirkpatrick who also designed the Carrington Hotel in Katoomba and Sydney Hospital.

In 1889, the building was acquired by the Australian Army and housed army officers including a number of senior defence personal. Today the building is managed by the Harbour Trust and leased as a private residence.

The building has not been opened to the public since 2014.

When: Sunday 29 October 2017, 11:00am–3:00pm
Talks will be held at 11.30am, 12.30pm, 1.30pm and 2.30pm.
Where: Marine Biological Station, 31 Pacific Street, Watsons Bay
Cost: Free, no bookings required.
Contact: 02 8969 2100

Image courtesy Sydney Harbour Federation Trust.