James Johnstone Barnet (1827-1904) was born in Scotland and as a young lad studied drawing, design and
architecture in London. In 1854 James and his wife Amy decided to start a new life in Australia. They packed up
their possessions and arrived in Sydney. A few years later Barnet joined the Colonial Architects office. Five years
later in 1865 he became New South Wales Colonial Architect.
Things you may not know about James Barnet
He was the first architect to install a telephone in a government office (what a mistake that was !).
In his career Barnet designed 169 post and telegraph offices, 130 courthouses and several hundred public
buildings throughout the State.