In the early 1800’s the Parramatta Female Factory was seen by authorities as a solution to the management of female convicts, their protection and the harnessing of their economic power.
The printed booklet, commonly known as the “Gold Book”, was
issued to accompany the “Ceremony to Commemorate the Commencement of the Sydney Opera House” on 2 March 1959
At this ceremony the Premier, the Hon. J.J. Cahill M.L.A., positioned a plaque indicating the point from which all measurements of the Sydney Opera House would be taken. The booklet comprises a foreword by the Premier, comments on the Opera House, notes on the competition, the site, the design, and plans.
The booklet was printed in Sydney by V.C.N Blight, Government Printer in 1959.