James Johnstone Barnet P030

James Johnstone Barnet (1827-1904) was born in Scotland, the son of a builder. He was apprenticed to a London Builder and then studied drawing, design and architecture. Barnet was the Clerk of Works of the Worshipful Company of Fishmongers prior to his departure for Sydney. Arriving in December 1854, he became Clerk of Works at the University under the new Architect, Edmund Blacket. In 1860 Barnet joined the office of the Colonial Architect, becoming its permanent head in 1865 after acting in the position for two years. As Colonial Architect Barnet was responsible for many of the most significant public buildings until 1890, when the office was reorganised. A Royal Commission's adverse findings in July of that year effectively ended his career.

     Item   Description                                  Date Range
      No.
     1      Letter from the Department of Public Works,  10 Jan 1863 
            asking for the names of two sureties for the
            bond of one thousand pounds required before 
            Barnet can be appointed as Colonial         
            Architect.                                  
     2      Letter from the Secretary of the             23 Apr 1880 
            International Exhibition thanking Barnet for
            judging classes at the exhibition.          
     3      Letter from the Crown Solicitor asking       21 Jan 1863 
            Barnet to call at his office with his two   
            sureties, FL Merewether and EJ Blacket, so  
            that he can enter into his bond [see item   
            1].                                         
     4      Letter from the Colonial Secretary, Henry    12 May 1881 
            Parkes, making suggestions for a National   
            Gallery. The reverse of the letter bears    
            pencilled notes of measurements of other    
            buildings.                                  
     5      Letter from Charles Summers of Windsor,      13 Jun 1881 
            inquiring about progress on plans for a     
            National Gallery. Barnet's reply, dated 15  
            June 1881, is on the fcaing page.           
     6      Letter from the Department of Public Works,  10 Jan 1865 
            concerning Barnet's appointment as Colonial 
            Architect.                                  
     7      Letter from Dugwidge(?) and Co. concerning   22 Jul 1892 
            the arrival of a parcel of books from       
            London.                                     

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8 Letter from RC Walker of the Free Public 01 Aug 1883 Library concerning the library's requirements for a new building. 9 Letter from RC Walker of the Free Public 12 Aug 1892 Library forwarding a prospectus for a Dictionary of Architecture. 1 Sketch entitled 'National Art Gallery', 12 Aug 1881 signed JB. 2 Four sketches by a Mr Flinders, and one on n.d. the back of an envelope unattributed, entered in the national flag competition of 1900. 3 Mounted photograph of sculpture of n.d. Britannia, by Achille Simonetti, in the Colonial Secretary's office 4 Mounted photograph of sculpture of Mercy, by 29 Aug 1879 Achille Simonetti, "placed in niche, Public Offices, Sydney". 5 Photograph of statue of New South Wales, by 05 Apr 1884 Giovanni Fontana, in tha Colonial Secreatry's office. Barnet's signature and address, dated 19 Jan 1884, are on the reverse, and the words "Arrived in Sydney on Saturday 5 April 1884 per SS Glenmorven". 6 Photograph of statue of Justice, by Achille 09 Nov 1878 Simonetti, "Placed in niche, Public Offices, Sydney". 7 Photograph of sculpture by Guidizo di n.d. Salomone, in the Ducal Palace, Venice, with description on the reverse in Italian, French and English.

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8 Photograph of the Bridge of Sighs, Venice, n.d. with description on the reverse in Italian, French and English. 9 Photograph of the Logetta at the foot of the n.d. Campanile, Venice, with description on the reverse in Italian, French and English. 10 Photograph of detail of the Library of St n.d. Mark's, Venice, with description on the reverse in Italian, French and English. 11 Photograph of the west face of the Cortile n.d. of the Ducal Palace, Venice, with description on the reverse in Italian, French and English. 12 Photograph of the prisons and library of the n.d. Ducal Palace, Venice, with description on the reverse in Italian, French and English. 13 Photograph of the clock facade in the n.d. courtyard of the Ducal Palace, Venice, with description on the reverse in Italian, French and English. 14 Photograph of the courtyard of the Ducal n.d. Palace, Venice, with description on the reverse in Italian, French and English. 15 Photograph of the Tesaro Palace, Venice, n.d. with description on the reverse in Italian, French and English. 16 Photograph of San Marco square, Venice, with n.d. description on the reverse in Italian, French and English. 17 Photograph of the Church of S. Marco, n.d. Venice, with description on the reverse in Italian, French and English.

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18 Photograph of general view of the courtyard n.d. of the Ducal Palace, Venice, with description on the reverse in Italian, French and English. 19 Photograph of staircase and west facade of n.d. the courtyard of the Ducal Palace, Venice, with description on the reverse in Italian, French and English. 20 Photograph of unidentified statuary group. 09 Jun 1898 On the reverse is the dedication "To James Barnet, Colonial Architect, with WP Macintosh's compliments". The reverse is signed JB and dated 9 June 1898. 21 Reproduction of plan and design for Free 21 Aug 1878 Public Library and Academy of Art, signed James Barnet. 22 Original plans of the General Post Office 12 Sep 1864 building, Sydney, signed by Barnet. 23 Mounted photograph of main facade of large n.d. complex of unidentified buildings under construction. 24 Mounted photograph of one end of the facade n.d. of the same large complex of unidentified buildings under construction as in item 23, in snow. 25 Mounted photograph of large unidentified n.d. building under construction. This is a different building from that in items 23 and 24. 26 Mounted photograph of detail of one wall of n.d. building under construction shown in item 25.

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27 Mounted photograph of interior quadrangle of n.d. building under construction. This is perhaps the same building as that shown in items 23 and 24. 28 Mounted photograph of end view of building n.d. under construction. This is the same building as that shown in items 23, 24, and 27. 29 Mounted photograph of building under n.d. construction. This is the same building as that shown in items 23, 24, 27, and 28. 30 Mounted photograph of building under n.d. construction. This is the same building as that shown in items 23, 24, 27, 28, and 29. 31 Mounted photograph of building under n.d. construction. This is the same building as that shown in items 23, 24, 27, 28, 29, and 30. 32 Mounted photograph of building under n.d. construction. This is the same building as that shown in items 25 and 26. 33 Mounted photograph of building under n.d. construction. This is the same building as that shown in items 25, 26, and 32. 34 Mounted photograph of building under n.d. construction. This is the same building as that shown in items 25, 26, 32, and 33. 35 Mounted photograph of building under n.d. construction. This is the same building as that shown in items 23, 24, and 27 to 31. 36 Mounted photograph of building under n.d. construction. This is the same building as that shown in items 25, 26, and 32 to 34.

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37 Mounted photograph of building under n.d. construction. This is the same building as that shown in items 25, 26, 32 to 34, and 36. This photograph is incorrectly identified in an unknown hand as "St. Thomas', N. Sydney". 38 Mounted photograph of building under n.d. construction. This is the same building as that shown in items 23, 24, 27 to 31, and 35. 39 Mounted photograph of Picton railway n.d. viaduct. 40 Mounted photograph of construction works at 03 Apr 1884 Bathurst Gaol, looking east. 41 Mounted photograph of construction works at 03 Apr 1884 Bathurst Gaol, looking north. 42 Mounted photograph of unidentified colonial n.d. building, possibly the East Sydney law courts. 43 Mounted photograph of Mortuary station at 1869 Haslem's Creek. Initialled JB, 1869. 44 Mounted photograph of Mortuary station at 1869 Haslem's Creek. This is the same photograph as item 43. The reverse is annotated with "Haslem's Creek Mortuary Station, later All Saints Church Canberra, c. 1958". 45 Mounted photograph which is annotated with 30 Jan 1888 the words: "Laying the foundation stone of new Houses of Parliament, Sydney, by Lord Carrington, Monday 30 January 1888 at noon. Lord Carrington speaking".

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46 Mounted photograph of the same scene as in 30 Jan 1888 item 45 but from a slightly different angle. It is annotated "Sir John Hay speaking". The reverse is signed JB, and dated 7 February 1888. 47 Mounted photograph of entrance to the 1870 telegraph office of the General Post Office, Sydney. Signed J Barnett Colonial Architect, 1870. 48 Mounted photograph of Colonial Secretary's 07 Jul 1877 building under construction. The photograph has been taken from a diagonally opposite corner in Macquarie Street. 49 Mounted photograph of Colonial Secretary's 07 Jul 1877 building under construction taken from ground level. The photograph has been taken from inside the gates at the entrance to Government House across Macquarie Street. 50 Mounted photograph of Bridge Street facade n.d. of the Colonial Secretary's building under construction taken from close to the building. 51 Mounted photograph of the Lands Department c. 1890 building, taken from the corner of Loftus and Bridge Streets, above ground level. 52 Mounted photograph of the clock tower of the c. 1883 General Post Office, Sydney, under construction. 53 Mounted photograph of view down external n.d. covered arcade of General Post Office, Sydney, looking towards George Street.

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