Did you know there was an outbreak of plague, in Sydney, at The Rocks, in 1900? Our Register of Bubonic Plague Cases covers 1900 to 1908 and records all of the cases known to the authorities for the duration of the outbreak.

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Low-cost housing for working-class people. The original plans for Daceyville reflected an integrated design of family homes, wide boulevard streets and open spaces with trees and gardens. The self-contained suburb would also include its own tram line, school, shops and maternity hospital....

Crowds watching the eight-hour day procession passing St Andrews, Town Hall and the QVB before heading up Park Street, Sydney, 1915. NRS 20499

The Labour Day public holiday is a day celebrating the eight-hour work day.

The eight-hour work day was a long time coming - a working day could be up to 16 hours a day and six days a week. Sydney stone masons won the first eight-hour day in the State in 1855 and celebrated...

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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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See how you can engage with this exhibition. 

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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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These are some of the medical staff that were out in force in Sydney during the 'Spanish' influenza pandemic 100 years ago. Gowned, masked and ready to help, this photo shows doctors and nurses staff leaving the Blackfriars Depot in Chippendale, April 1919.

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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 guide provides a brief overview of the records we hold that document the activities and development of the Royal Botanic Gardens in Sydney from 1816 on, as well as related areas which fell under its administration over time. 

The Royal Botanic Gardens in Sydney celebrated its bicentenary on 13 June 2016. A selection of records are discussed in context in celebration of this milestone being reached.

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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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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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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.

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

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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A brief overview of the major sources in our collection that relate to the opening and operation of Taronga Zoo at Mosman.

Sydney Harbour Bridge - view of two halves from, 29 Jul 1930. Digital ID 2685_a007_a00704_8729000194r

On 19 August 1930 at 10pm the two halves of the Sydney Harbour Bridge were joined.

The two half arches were fabricated from steel in workshops before being loaded onto barges and towed into position. The arches were then lifted up by two 580 tonne electrically operated...

The criminal underworld of Sydney in the 1840s

Featuring extracts from the Registry of Flash Men narrated by 'William Augustus Miles' (aka Fabian LoSchiavo)

This is a unique insight into the criminal underworld in Sydney during the 1840s. The volume was kept as an official surveillance record by William Augustus Miles who was...

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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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