From wherever you are, we invite you to explore the streets of Sydney in the early 20th century.
Curator: Laila Ellmoos
March 2020 to October 2021
This exhibition showcases photographs commissioned by Sydney Municipal Council from 1900 to 1920.
The City Building Surveyor’s Department used photography to document the city’s profound transformation in the first two decades of the 20th century. These photographs inadvertently capture the largely working class neighbourhoods and people being displaced by commercial and government redevelopment.
The City Building Surveyor’s Condemnation and Demolition Books is a key photographic collection held in the City Archives comprising almost 5000 photographs and associated glass plate negatives.
Visit the City of Sydney Archives and History Resources catalogue to view and download exhibition photographs.
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