The Argyle Stores are located on Argyle Street at The Rocks in Sydney, New
South Wales. The stores are one of the earliest bond stores built in Australia. The bond stores housed
merchandise such as tea, spirits, cloth and sugar and was the hub of Sydney's commercial and maritime
operations during the 1800's. The goods entering into the harbours remained in the bond stores until importers
paid the duty on the goods.
The first section of the Argyle Stores was built by convicts in 1828 as a house for Captain Piper, who received the original land grant in the same year. The building was later
owned by emancipist (ex-convict who had served her time) and businesswoman, Mary Reibey. Today the buildings are a main feature of the Rocks and are occupied by
specialised shops and restaurants.
You enter the stores via an elaborate arch (bearing its name) and big red
doors which leads you through to the granite courtyard, which the stores are set around. The courtyard still
retains many of its original features and character. The name Argyle was chosen by Governor Macquarie in
honour of his birthplace in Scotland. Many streets, buildings and places at the Rocks bear the name including
the Argyle Cut , Argyle Place and Argyle Street.