Curator Matt Jones considers how we choose material for an exhibition and the decision of where and how a work is displayed, by comparing two images of Government House from our upcoming exhibition, Australian Dreams: Picturing our Built World

Through these historical depictions, Matt also explores how we can gain valuable insight into Australia's early built environment. 

Artworks mentioned in this video are: 

  • William Bradley, View of the Governor's house at Sydney in Port Jackson, New South Wales, 1791, nla.cat-vn1291412 

  • Augustus Earle, Government House and part of the town of Sydney, New South Wales, 1828, nla.cat-vn2316026 

You can also explore more of Australia’s early European architecture online.