Ephemera and memorabilia

Ephemera and memorabilia

Ephemera and memorabilia

Our ephemera and memorabilia collections showcase wonderfully detailed items that help interpret the cultural history and values that have shaped the city. These items tell us about the diverse and changing character of our local areas over time, giving insight into social movements, causes and community groups.

Sydney Town Hall

Discover the history of one of Sydney’s landmark venues, including sound and vision of the famous grand organ. Browse through portraits, gifts to the city, memorabilia and other significant artefacts in Sydney Town Hall’s collection.

Past in Print

Ephemera refers to items that are designed to be useful for a short time. This includes pamphlets, posters, business cards, badges, stickers and even beer coasters and menus. 

Although these items were designed to be thrown away or recycled, Past in Print takes the approach that today's  junk mail is tomorrow's historical detail.

The collection helps to preserve these items because they tell us about the diverse and changing character of our local areas over time – giving insight into our residents, businesses and community groups.    

Image: City of Sydney Archives, Winning the peace gallery 

Last updated: Friday, 11 July 2014