Our City: 175 Years in 175 Objects

Our City: 175 Years in 175 Objects

27 October–12 November 2017

The Council of the City of Sydney was established in 1842. This major exhibition presents the civic and social histories, events, people and places of the inner city from 1842 to 2017. It demonstrates the impact of Council as the administrator of the city over 175 years.

Showcasing the visionary leadership and major achievements in the growth of Sydney as a global city, the exhibition also presents the shaping of, and support for, the community.

Four major themes – Governing, Building, Working and Inspiring – are explored through 175 objects, photographs, documents and supporting material.

The exhibition is curated by the City Curator, City Archivist and City Historian.

Open daily to the public, 11am to 4pm in the Lower Town Hall of Sydney Town Hall. Free entry.

Image: Gully Flushers, c. 1905 (City Archives 006011)  

This is the view from Sydney Town Hall clocktower in 1873, made up of a series of photos taken by Francis Whitfield...

Posted by City of Sydney on Wednesday, 18 October 2017

School sessions

School sessions are offered at 11am and 12.30pm, Monday 30 October to Friday 10 November.

Self-guided, syllabus-linked activities have been designed to engage Stage 3 students with the exhibition and to develop their history and geography skills.

Students will have the opportunity to acquire knowledge in these content areas: The Australian Colonies, Australia as a Nation and Factors That Shape Places.

They’ll learn about the lives of people in Australia’s colonial past and local government structures and responsibilities. They’ll also discover experiences of democracy for women and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and how people influence places.

The self-guided activities take 1 hour to complete. Following from the self-guided activities, students have the opportunity to participate in the Ozobot – Step Back in Time activity which takes 30 minutes to complete.  

Ozobots are small, smart toy robots that empower gamers and learners to code, play, create and connect the physical and digital worlds. The Ozobots represent historic characters of the City, allowing you to step back into time and follow their path.

Groups of up to 30 students can participate at once and be supervised by a City team member who’ll introduce the activity. Students will be given character cards that will introduce them to their historic character and a typical day. Participants will learn to code their Ozobot so that their character can complete a day’s work.

It is very basic programming, as the robots follow patterns on the surfaces they roll over. Learn Ozobot’s simple colour language as you draw mazes, paths, intersections and create entire worlds to explore puzzling playgrounds, fast tracks and intricate labyrinths.

Bookings are essential and free through Eventbrite.

One class per session. To book multiple classes for one visit, please email Ritchi Bethell, Creative City Projects Coordinator.

School bookings

Download Primary Education Resources below.


Image: Men woodblocking outside St Mary’s Cathedral, c. 1930 (City Archives 031077)


Last updated: Monday, 13 November 2017