Architecture and Design

The Colonial Architect's Department was responsible for the planning and supervision of the construction and repair of public buildings.

Not digitised

This database is designed to assist users researching the history of public buildings. Most records that are more than 30 years old are open to public access. Those that relate to security buildings are subject to a closed to public access direction, AD 28.

On 30 March 1816 Francis Greenway was appointed as Civil Architect and Assistant Engineer by Governor Lachlan Macquarie. He had arrived in Australia as a convict in 1814 after being found guilty of forging a document. The original sentence of death was commuted to transportation for 14...

This Guide provides a select list of sources relating to hospital buildings, including sketches, plans and photographs.

This series by the Government Architect's office includes but is not limited to: departmental buildings such as the Lands Office Sydney and Government House, court houses, general hospitals, post offices, post and telegraph offices, police stations, police barracks, psychiatric...

A brief history of the Sydney Harbour Bridge plus a select list of records relating to the design, construction and official opening ceremnony. Also included is a list of records relating to the construction workers employed by the NSW Government.

A brief history of the Sydney Opera House plus a select list of records relating to the design, construction and official opening.

The Colonial Mutual Life (CML) building is a heritage listed Sydney landmark on the corner of Pitt Street and Martin Place, and sits opposite the GPO. It was designed by well-known Sydney architect John Kirkpatrick and built in 1892-93 in the Victorian Free Classical style.