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Colonial Windows

A First Fleet of British ships arrived at Botany Bay in January 1788 to establish a penal colony. Consequently the earliest Australian architectural style copied the Georgian style from Britain. Most buildings erected in the first 50 years of Australian settlement were simple and plain, windows were usually small, and multi-paned with cylinder glass.  Glass manufacturing was expensive and limited to smaller panes of glass, the narrow astragal glazing bars often termed ‘colonial bars’ allowed for larger window sashes. As the Australian economy developed and settlements became more established, more sophisticated buildings emerged in the Old Gothic and Regency style. 

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