Sydney Grammar School

Identity area



Authorized form of name

Sydney Grammar School

Parallel form(s) of name

Other form(s) of name

  • SGS
  • Grammar
  • Sydney Public Free Grammar School, 1825-1830
  • Sydney College, 1835-1850


  • Educational

Contact area



Street address

College Street, Darlinghurst




New South Wales

Country name

Postal code



02 9332 5800 / 02 9332 5833


02 9331 5164


Description area


The School Archives were established in 1981 to facilitate research into the School's history.

Sydney Grammar School is an independent secular school for boys and is one of the oldest schools in Australia. It teaches boys from pre-school to senior school.
Its ancestor, the Sydney Public Free Grammar School, opened in 1825. It was replaced Sydney College which commenced in 1835 in a new building in College Street - but it closed in 1850. Sydney Grammar School was founded by Act of Parliament in 1854 so that that the fledgling University of Sydney should have a 'nursery' to provide it with well prepared undergraduates.

The re-founded school's work commenced in 1857, in the College Street buildings and has remained here ever since. More recently, Preparatory Schools at St Ives and Paddington have been established, and the school takes boys each year from these two institutions.

Geographical and cultural context

Mandates/Sources of authority

Administrative structure

Officer in charge: Archivist – Bridget Minatel

Records management and collecting policies

Material relevant to the School, its operations, environment and community including documents, memorabilia, photographs and publications.



Major holdings include:

  • Sydney College register, 1835-1850
  • SGS enrolment registers, 1857- present
  • Comprehensive photographic collection, c1870- present
  • Architectural drawings and plans, and building and restoration files
  • Correspondence, minutes and personal papers
  • Lists of SGS World War I servicemen and World War II casualties
  • List of SGS Australian sporting representatives
  • Speech Day reports, 1859- present
  • The Sydneian (school periodical), 1875-1970
  • School publications: Foundations / SGS Magazine (1989-present); SGS From its Earliest Days (1924); Grammar: A History of SGS 1819-1988 by Clifford Turney (1989); SGS Press Publications

Records of Edgecliff Preparatory School, c1911-1954 and Sydney Grammar Edgecliff Prep School Archives,1955- present

Finding aids, guides and publications

Access area

Opening times

Open Monday to Friday 9am-4pm.
Reduced hours during school holidays.

Access conditions and requirements

Two-three days’ advance notice of a visit is appreciated.
Records of a personal nature are subject to current Commonwealth privacy legislation restrictions.


Services area

Research services

General reference assistance available.

Reproduction services

Limited copying and scanning services available.

Public areas

Control area

Description identifier

Institution identifier

Rules and/or conventions used


Level of detail

Dates of creation, revision and deletion

Revised 27 March 2018




Maintenance notes

Access points

Access Points

  • Built Environment (Thematic area)
  • Defence (Thematic area)
  • Education (Thematic area)
  • Social Organisations and Activities (Thematic area)
  • Clipboard

Primary contact

College Street, Darlinghurst
Sydney, New South Wales 2010