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These photographs were taken by officers of the Government Printing Office during the years c.1870-c.1920.
The photographs cover a wide variety of subjects, for example, public buildings, railways, tramways, street scenes, harbour views, Sydney University, groups of people, ships, public occasions, the Botanic Gardens, military camps, wharves, dams and waterways, statues and slums.
Details of related records (including prints) for some of these photographs can be found at NRS 4482-4487.
State Records has copied a number of the glass negatives. Each image that has been produced is numbered in one sequence for reference purposes. A preliminary list of the copies is available. The majority of the glass negatives have no titles. The identification of the subject of the copies is incomplete with many copies having no identification. The identification may not be correct.
The following copies have been produced:
Same size prints taken from the glass negatives, c.1890-c.1920 (4/8585-98, 4/8599B-8679). c.1,900 prints.
Contact prints taken from glass negatives, c.1890-c.1920 (COD121A & B). 2 vols.
Aperture card negatives, c.1890-c.1920. c.2,100 aperture cards.
Viewing positive microfilm copies of glass negatives, c.1890-c.1920 (SR Reels 2787, 2546-47, 2643). 4 reels (35 mm).
A selection of the images in this series have been digitised. Microfilm copy SR Reels 2787, 2546-47, 2643 - available in Western Sydney reading room.
Electronic Item Lists Available for part of holdings. Please contact reading rooms for assistance.