NSW State Archives eNewsletter - ISSUE 112 January 2022

Government Printing Office negatives - digitally available

We are excited to announce that we have recently published more than 44,000 digital images from the Government Printing Office (NRS-4481) online.

These are glass negatives maintained by the Government Printing Office as a resource for government information and publications. The photographs date from 1870-c.1955 and cover a range of subjects including, public buildings, railways, tramways, street scenes, harbour views, groups of people, ships, public occasions, military camps, wharves, dams and waterways, statues and slums.

Our thanks go to the State Library of NSW who supplied the digitised images that made the publication possible.

Watch a video showcasing some of the amazing images in this collection, and search them yourself using the button below and typing in a keyword.


1991 Cabinet Papers release

The 1991 NSW Cabinet Papers are now open to the public. The NSW Cabinet Papers (NRS-12082) showcase important milestones in the history of NSW and the State Government. They are digitised and available in Collection Search.

Check out some of the key themes and events from that year.


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

Register for more of our 2022 webinars!


A Tale of Two Zoos

Explore the story of Sydney’s first public zoo at Moore Park (1884–1916) and the creation of Taronga Zoological Park in this stunning photographic exhibition A Tale of Two Zoos. It includes extraordinary images from NRS 4481 glass-plate negatives (as featured above). 

Open 8 February–3 March, NSW Parliament House. Free entry


First Nations Speaker Series

Join Sydney Living Museums in person and online for the First Nations Speaker Series, presented in collaboration with GML Heritage and the Research Centre for Deep History at the Australian National University.

First Nations Speaker Series
Friday 3 March 2022


Archives on Tour - School Records

The theme for our 2022 Archives on Tour (virtual) program is “School Records”.

The live webinars for this program will focus on our records about schools and teachers, including:

The towns we are visiting this year are Coonabarabran, West Wyalong, Cooma, starting off with Ulladulla:

Archives on Tour - School Records: Ulladulla live webinar
Thursday 24 February 2022

Archives on Tour - School Records: Coonabarabran live webinar
Wednesday 2 March 2022

Archives on Tour - School Records: West Wyalong live webinar
Tuesday 15 March 2022

Archives on Tour - School Records: Cooma live webinar
Wednesday 23 March 2022

These events will be free. Register now!


New to Collection Search

We continue to add new items and series to our online catalogue, Collection Search.

Recent additions include:

Stay tuned for more records being added next issue!

Maps, plans & sketches

You may not have seen this Flickr album we put together, grouping some of the wonderful digitised maps, plans and sketches in our Collection.

Check out the album now.


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Museums of History NSW
Western Sydney Records Centre
161 O'Connell Street
Kingswood, NSW 2747

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