NSW State Archives eNewsletter - ISSUE 111 December 2021

Our Top 10 Highlights of 2021

We have had a fantastic year in the face of many challenges brought about by COVID-19. There have been some wonderful achievements including the delivery of digitised content, new listings and indexes and the delivery of the Archives in Your Town webinar series.

The stand out highlight for the team was the weekly delivery of the Live Q&A webinar series during lockdown. It was great interacting with all of you and responding to a range of questions across a number of specialist areas. It was a very positive experience during a tricky time and has changed the way we think about accessing the State Archives Collection. Thank you to all of you who participated and made it such a rewarding experience.

It  has been very hard to narrow it down, however, here are our top 10 highlights for 2021 (in no particular order):

Thank you for your support throughout 2021. We have some fantastic surprises in store for next year!

(Image above digitally colourised from original black and white image NRS-21573-2-4-PR1931_RV029)

Christmas opening hours

A reminder of the changes to opening hours for our Reading Room over the holiday period:

Saturday 25 December 2021 to Monday 3 January 2022

OPEN 9am-4pm
Tuesday 4 January 2022 to Friday 7 January 2022
(note the change of closing time)

OPEN 10am-4pm
Saturday 8 January 2022

Normal opening hours will resume Tuesday 11 January 2022. 

Please remember the Reading Room is closed on Mondays and is accessible by appointment  only.

Zoo on the Move

Imagine if the zoo had moved to Vaucluse House! 

Spot the playful animal illustrations in the gardens, get creative in the activity hub, and listen to the zoo animal sounds in the pleasure garden. Plus, book into a Zoo Talk with Taronga Zoo or an Erth puppetry workshop. Limited capacity for talks and workshops.

13–30 January, Vaucluse House, free and ticketed events.

(Photo © James Horan for Sydney Living Museums)


Special SLM membership offer

This summer, we're excited to offer a 20% saving on Sydney Living Museums membership, giving you unlimited access to exhibitions, museums and historic houses for you and up to 4 kids! You’ll also enjoy savings across SLM school holiday programs and cafes and shops! Plus you can enjoy these benefits all year round.
To redeem, simply visit one of the Sydney Living Museums historic houses or museums or purchase online and enter the promo code SUMMER22
Offer is valid until 31 January 2022 on Member and Member + One membership options.
(Image: Photo © James Horan for Sydney Living Museums)

Colouring Circular Quay

Enjoy this relaxing, screen-free activity. We have transformed a photo from the Collection into a downloadable / printable page. It fits neatly on landscape A4-sized paper.

The sketch was made from this photo of Circular Quay looking through bottom chord of Bridge, 1934. NRS-4481-3-[7/16034]-St16961.

Get colouring one of our historical images today.


Reading Room update

As of 15 December the requirements for entry to the Reading Room have changed. The two key points to note are:

  • Face masks are required in all indoor spaces for visitors 12 years & over
  • Evidence of vaccination & QR code check-in are no longer required

Visit our website for more & book your visit to the Reading Room.

Moreton Bay convict guide

The Moreton Bay penal colony, on traditional Turrbal and Yuggera land, operated from 1824 to 1842 as a place of secondary punishment for convicts who committed serious offences. In 1842 it was declared open for free settlement, and today it is the city of Brisbane.

Our new Moreton Bay Penal Settlement Guide covers records relating to the settlement and convicts who were sent there.


2022 webinar program

Our program of free webinars focuses on how to access the valuable resources of the NSW State Archives collection.

We have begun listing webinars for 2022 on our website, so you can start registering to attend them in advance!


Upcoming webinar

The Royal Commission of Public Charities 1873 advocated the use of a 'boarding out' system for orphans and destitute children to replace charitable institutions and homes.

This webinar will focus on the recently indexed and digitised Dependent Children Registers. The registers record details of children who were admitted to State care and where the children were placed.

Dependent Children Registers webinar
Friday 18 February 2022


New jigsaw puzzle

Take some time to relax and puzzle away over the break!

This summer-themed photo is from the Government Printing Office and shows crowds watching a surf carnival at Bondi Beach in 1927.

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