City of Sydney Archives

Área de identidad



Forma autorizada del nombre

City of Sydney Archives

Forma(s) paralela(s) de nombre

Otra(s) forma(s) de nombre


  • Municipal

Área de contacto


City Archivist



Dirección (calle)

Level 1, Town Hall House, 456 Kent Street, Sydney




New South Wales

Nombre del país

Código postal



02 9265 9618


Correo electrónico


Área de descripción


Contexto geográfico y cultural

Since the 1800s the City has absorbed other municipalities as Sydney has grown and developed. See

Mandatos/Fuentes de autoridad

Estructura administrativa

Officer in charge: City Archivist

Administración de registros y políticas de recolección

The Archives is responsible for managing all non-current records created by Sydney City Council since 1842 and most of its predecessor organisations since 1859. Some records created by elected officials are also held. We are also the archival agency for the Festival of Sydney Ltd.

The Archives is also responsible for the Sydney Reference Collection of publications and semi-published material, and information folders containing ready-reference material, on aspects of Sydney City history especially the built environment. We actively seek material for inclusion in the Sydney Reference Collection and welcome donations.



The City of Sydney Archives holds more than 12,000 shelf metres of archives relating to the City of Sydney council and people, places and events within its local government area. It is both a corporate and collecting archive.

Some high use series include:

  • CRS 17, Assessment books, 1845-1949 (online access and digitisation in progress as at 2018).
  • CRS 51, Demolition photograph books, 1900-1939 (part of our ArchivePix catalog of about 40,000 images available online).
  • CRS 126, Building application plans, 1909- present (720m - all catalogued online).
  • CRS 116, Central activity files, 1979-1987 (441m - all catalogued online).
  • CRS 34, Town Clerks' correspondence files, 1914-1978 (1054m - all catalogued online).
  • CRS 28, Town Clerks' correspondence folders, 1900-1913 (400m - all catalogued online).
  • CRS 26, Letters received by the Council, 1842-1899 (online cataloguing and digitisation in progress, as at 2018).

Instrumentos de descripción, guías y publicaciones

Área de acceso

Horario de apertura

Open Monday to Friday 9am-4.30pm by appointment.
Closed public holidays.

Condiciones de acceso y requisitos

Advance notice (by email) of your research visit is required, so we can assess your document needs and arrange an appointment for you. Almost all original records are held offsite so we are unable to help people who just show up. Prospective researchers are encouraged to visit the Archives pages on the City of Sydney website for more information about records held.


The City of Sydney Archives is wheelchair accessible.

Área de servicios

Servicios para la investigación

General reference assistance available. The City of Sydney Archives has an active digitisation program with many heavily used series available through the web.

Servicios de reproducción

Áreas públicas

Área de control

Identificador de la descripción

Identificador de la institución

Reglas y/o convenciones usadas

Estado de elaboración

Nivel de detalle

Fechas de creación, revisión o eliminación

Revised 20 March 2018




Notas de mantención

Puntos de acceso

Puntos de acceso

  • Built Environment (Thematic area)
  • Local Studies (Thematic area)
  • Politics and Government (Thematic area)
  • Populations (Thematic area)
  • Portapapeles

Contacto principal

Level 1, Town Hall House, 456 Kent Street, Sydney
Sydney, New South Wales 2001