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Archives In Brief 71 - Records of the Colonial (Government) Architect

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Lists the key records. Researchers should consult Archives Investigator, and the interim guide to the records of the Colonial (Government) Architect, which is available in the reading room, for more detailed information. Records more than 30 years old are open to public access.

Correspondence

NRS 4332, Files concerning erection, repair, additions and alterations to public buildings, 1837-1912
See Appendix F of the interim guide to the records of the Colonial (Government) Architect for a complete list.

NRS 4351, Building ('B') files, 1936-90 *
These files deal with the planning, construction and provision of services to Government offices, police stations and courthouses, tertiary institutions, prisons, Aboriginal stations, cultural institutions, tourist facilities and vice-regal residences.
Item lists are available in the reading room and on Archives Investigator.

NRS 4352, Files re school and tertiary education buildings ('SB' and 'S' files), 1937-c.89 *
The files in this series were the principal functional records of the Government Architect's Branch relating to school and tertiary education institutions. Until 1966 they were prefixed by 'SB' and from then by 'S'.
Item lists are available in the reading room and on Archives Investigator.

NRS 4353, Architects ('A') files, 1946-47
The files in this series relate to general policy matters and to particular building and other projects.

NRS 4354, Files re health buildings ('H' files), 1961-c.89 *
The files in this series consist of the principal functional records of the Health Branch of the Architectural Division. See also Archives in Brief 57.
Item lists are available in the reading room and on Archives Investigator.

* The NSW Department of Commerce may be of assistance in the identification of relevant records. The Department also holds a significant collection of plans of public buildings, sewerage and water supply, and public facilities. Contact the Records Section on 9372 7080 for further information.

Plans

NRS 4333, Specification of Government House, 1834
The volume includes a list of plans for the building. The plans are located at: [Plans 2369-2421].

NRS 4335, Plans of public buildings, 1834-c.1970
Listings of the plans are available in both reading room and in Archives Investigator. Aperture card copies of many of the plans are also available for reproduction.

NRS 4334, Designs of public buildings, 1837
Reel 2660
Plans and elevations of public buildings made by Mortimer W. Lewis, Colonial Architect. Aperture card negatives available for reproduction

NRS 4338, Plans and specifications of schools and school residences, 1861-1910
See Appendix D of the interim guide to the records of the Colonial (Government) Architect for a full list.

NRS 4339, Plans of the Chief Secretary's and Public Works Offices, Sydney, 1896

NRS 4341 Plan of new Homebush Abattoirs, 1908-09

NRS 4345, Architectural plan book, 1936-8
See Archives Investigator for a list of the plans.

Photographs

NRS 4346, Photographs of public buildings and war memorials in New South Wales, c.1880-1940
Reel 2786, COD 422; Aperture card nos. 7796-8185
Digital images are available in Photo Investigator.

NRS 4347, Sesquicentenary celebrations, Sydney, 1938

NRS 4349, Royal visit, Sydney: photograph album, 1954

NRS 18195, Photographs of war memorials in New South Wales, 1920-26

Related records

Researchers should consult Archives Investigator Archives Investigator for records of the following agencies

  • Auditor General
  • Colonial Engineer
  • Colonial Secretary
  • Lands
  • Public Service Board
  • Public Works Department
  • Sheriff
  • Surveyor General

Researchers should also consult the interim list of records received after 1991 (Records not in the Concise Guide) in the reading room.

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