Photographs have filtered into every aspect of our lives. There can be few people today who have not posed for a family snap shot or reminisced over holiday photos from years ago. The use of photography spans the recording of important moments in history to the more commonplace tasks of...

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The first NSW Medical Board was constituted in 1838 (2 Victoria, Act No. 22) 'An Act to define the qualifications of Medical Witnesses at Coroner's Inquests and Inquiries held before Justices of the Peace in the Colony of New South Wales'. The Board was responsible for examining...

This page highlights photographic series from the Department of Main Roads. While most of the photos are of New South Wales there are also photos of the Norfolk Island aerodrome construction, the Northern Territory and Queensland.

We have several photo series showing the growth and expansion of Sydney from c.1860 to c.1915. Sydney is the main subject of these series, however, photos of Sydney are not limited to this page. Other series with broader subject ranges may also include views of Sydney and can be found using the...

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The First Australian Railway Supply Detachment, 11th A.A.SC, 1914. Digital ID 17420_a014_a014000498

A complete index of a single photo (No. 1331) from the State Rail Authority Archives Photographic Reference Print Collection, now in the custody of NSW State Archives. The 65 names have been transcribed from the back of the photograph.

Portraits of the Executive Commissioners for the International Exhibition, Melbourne 1888 along with photographs of the exhibits and exhibition.

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These photos are of pit-tops and loading and transport facilities of northern NSW coal mines & include: Australian Agricultural Company's pits at Glebe and the Sea-pit, Burwood No.1 and 3 and Burwood Extended, Cardiff, Co-operative, Duckenfield, Dudley, Durham, East Greta, Ferndale...

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Photo albums of Mr L.G. Watt, NSW Board of Fire Commissioners. These photos are a visual account of the Commissioners' travels around New South Wales and parts of Victoria, Queensland and South Australia covering 1928-1935. To some extent the photos capture the route the...

Part of this collection of lantern slides was shown at the Franco-British Exhibition in London, 1908. Many of the slides are of typical country scenes such as saw mills, dairy farms, mining, and timber felling and hauling.

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(NRS 4481) Photography was a major activity of the Government Printing Office from the late 19th Century until well into the 20th, resulting in an extensive and diverse collection of photographs of life in New South Wales.

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This photographic series includes internal and external views of the baby clinics, mothers and babies in waiting rooms, babies receiving attention and possibly mothers holding babies being instructed by the nurses.

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Pharmacist Mr G. Wells, n.d. Digital ID 10913_a030_a030000001

These photographs were collected by the NSW Board of Pharmacists and associated with the Board's roll in keeping records relating to people registering as Pharmacists in NSW.

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Martin Place, Sydney 1962. Digital ID NRS21573_2_PR004761_c

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...

The photo series here include: Reference Print Collection, c.1850 onwards; Photos displayed in NSW trains, c.1930s-c.1960s; Eveleigh Workshops during the 1917 Railway Strike; Glass plate negatives of North Shore, Sydney Harbour and general subjects, c.1908.

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This series consists principally of photographs of the Royal National Park including flora and fauna. Many images relate to the recreational facilities around Audley and include photographs of people boating, playing sports, bushwalking, picnicking and participating in ceremonies.

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These photographs illustrate the farm property and buildings, the training programs and aspects of daily life of the people working at Scheyville (near Windsor). Scheyville was a training farm for young men selected from the Sydney area, and those arriving under various British immigration...

Eye examination at School Travelling Ophthalmic Clinic, c.1914. Digital ID 4880_a004_a004000011r

These photographs include children being vaccinated; medical staff; and the interior of the Dental Clinic. The photographs bear no captions and although undated they appear to date from 1914 - the year that the School Travelling Hospital was instituted.

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Oban Soldiers' Settlement Estate - Holmade Butter Factory. ID 8095_a016_a016000038

This volume shows returned soldiers clearing the land, constructing houses, and carrying out farming activities on soldier settlements established following World War 1. The photos also feature their families and cottages in which they lived.

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This series contains 14 albums of c.2000 photographs documenting the construction of the Sydney Harbour Bridge from the turning of the first sod to the final steps of construction, the official opening and the early use of the bridge by the public. 

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Trial Bay Gaol Photo - John Donohoe pre-1910. Digital ID 2549_a006_a00603_601900000183

These photos of prisoners were accompanied by the following details: name, aliases, date when portrait was taken, native place, year of birth, arrived in colony - ship and year, trade or occupation, religion, degree of education, height, weight (on committal, on discharge), colour of...

This series NRS 12801 comprises 29 photographs showing stage equipment constructed by Waagner-Biro Akitiengesellschaft, the company contracted to install stage equipment at the Sydney Opera House.
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Sydney Harbour Trust Staff (WWI) - A.A Anderson. Digital ID 20231_a43_000004

A selection of photos of Sydney Harbour Trust staff killed in action in World War I. These oval shaped portraits are printed on thick card and have been cut out of an album or display board. The name of the person has been written in pencil on the back of the prints. 

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Martin Place, Sydney 1962. Digital ID NRS21573_2_PR004761_c

So much is happening down just this side of the street. As busy as it is, all those pedestrians look very orderly. Especially for the lunch-time rush hour (the clock in the centre shows 1:10pm). They look more orderly than the cars heading towards the double-decker bus in the background.

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We love this 1915 panorama of Sydney. Does this view look familiar to you? It's the corner of Elizabeth & Market Streets.

The photo is from a booklet of panoramic prints of Sydney's buildings, parks, harbour, zoo and streets by H. Phillip, Katoomba.

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Video Faces from the past - Images from Sydney's back lanes and alley ways

Images from Sydney's back lanes and alley ways 

This video presentation features a selection of photographs from the NSW State archives collection showing city dwellers going about their daily business. It is accompanied by Fabian LoSchiavo's moving narration of the famous Henry Lawson'...

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See how you can engage with this exhibition. 

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A look at these photographs, some of which date back to the 1850's. 

Cronulla Beach, no date. Digital ID 12932_a012_a012X2441000048

An introduction to the NSW State Archives photographic collection.

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A listing of photographic series in the collection. The related Stories section contains various photographic series and sample images. Follow the tag "Photos"  and find more of our photos on...

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