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Sydney's oldest surviving colonial church, begun in 1822, was designed by the government architect and former convict Francis Greenway. At one time, the church's spire served as a landmark for ships coming up the harbor, but today it looks lost amid the skyscrapers. Plaques on the wall pay testament to the early days of the colony when people were lost at sea, were "speared by blacks," and died while serving the British Empire overseas.