Sydney Boys High School

Identity area



Authorized form of name

Sydney Boys High School

Parallel form(s) of name

Other form(s) of name


  • Educational

Contact area


Louise Graul



Street address

Moore Park, Surry Hills




New South Wales

Country name

Postal code



02 9662 9300


02 9662 9310


Description area


Following Sir Henry Parkes' Education Act of 1880, the Government of the Colony of New South Wales decided to establish, under the control and administration of the Department of Public Instruction, a system of public high schools. The first of these were the two Sydney High Schools.

In 1883, the Boys School was officially opened in the Francis Greenway designed building constructed by convicts in Castlereagh Street, Sydney. The Boys School occupied the lower floor with its entrance in Castlereagh Street, while the Girls School had the upper floor and entered from Elizabeth Street.

The School has had three homes - Castlereagh Street, Mary Ann Street, Ultimo and Moore Park. Early in 1892 the boys moved to new premises in Mary Ann Street, Ultimo, the first building designed as a high school in any of the Australian colonies. In that year, too, the Old Boys Union was founded.

The present school was officially opened in 1928 now known as 'Moore Park'. The Girls School had moved to this location in 1921. Today at Sydney High, the original bear pits are silent reminders of its former role as a zoo.

Geographical and cultural context

Mandates/Sources of authority

Administrative structure

Sydney Boys High School is an academically selective high school conducted by the New South Wales Department of Education.

For a school organisation chart, see

Officer-in-charge of the Archives: Archivist
Accessioning, cataloguing and arranging new and existing items is a large and on-going process carried out by students and Old Boys, supported by an administrative assistant employed as Archivist for one day per week.

Records management and collecting policies

History of Sydney Boys High School, its institutions, teachers and pupils. Limited collection on Moore Park Zoological Gardens.



The school has an extensive collection of archive documents and materials relating to the school.

In order to provide easier public access to parts of the collections:

Finding aids, guides and publications

Access area

Opening times

Open school hours during term only.

Access conditions and requirements

Researchers may, subject to privacy protections, inspect the school's archival collections by appointment. To make an appointment to view the collections or to volunteer your time toward the various archives projects, then contact the school's Archivist, through the school administrative office.


Services area

Research services

Reproduction services

Photocopies to A3 size.

Public areas

Control area

Description identifier

Institution identifier

Rules and/or conventions used


Level of detail

Dates of creation, revision and deletion

Revised 20 April 2018




Maintenance notes

Access points

Access Points

  • Education (Thematic area)
  • Recreation / Leisure / Sports (Thematic area)
  • Social Organisations and Activities (Thematic area)
  • Clipboard

Primary contact

Moore Park, Surry Hills
Sydney, New South Wales 2010