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Darlinghurst is perhaps one of Sydney's most interesting suburbs. First named after Governor Macquarie's wife, Henrietta Town was later changed to Darlinghurst by Governor Darling after a change in loyalties. The town was born a genteel town, attracting wealthy merchants from all over Sydney. One such gentleman who settled down in Darlinghurst Road was David Scott Mitchell (1836-1907) who bestowed his massive book and document collection to the Mitchell Library. (See also State Library of NSW)
The town took a nose dive in 1841, when the Darlinghurst Gaol was built along the corner of Burton and Forbes Street. In October of the same year, literally hundreds marched into Darlinghurst to watch the hanging of John Videle for murdering a debt collector and then shoving the body into a sea chest. (It was later discovered when it split open in Circular Quay.
The image of Darlinghurst as the place to store away criminals and murderers stayed even after the goal was closed in 1914. Even though the goal closed, it was still used as a security house for German refugees during World War 1. Today, the building is home to the College of the Arts. A dramatic change during 1970s and 1980s transform Darlinghurst when the gay community moved in. It is now the most cultural and vibrant gay scene in the city. Some of the best gay pub, The Albury is located here as well as many gay shops. One of the highlights of the year is the Gay & Lesbian Mardi Gras that lead through the streets and into the heart of the city.
TIPS: If you love the nightlife, why not visit one of Sydney's most engaging club? The DCM on 33, Oxford Street is great for those who want to display their expertise on the dance floor. Dress code for the club is up-market and it is busiest from Thursday to Saturday.
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