City of Sydney Archives

More than 12,000 shelf metres of archives relating to the City of Sydney and its people, places and events.

Archives and history resources

Visit our online catalogue to search for historic photos, maps and documents.

The City archives holds items from as early as 1842 when the Municipal Council of Sydney was established.

We’re responsible for managing, preserving and providing access to more than 1 million items including:

  • documents
  • photographs
  • maps
  • plans
  • data.

The collection consists of

  • City of Sydney corporate archives
  • items collected from the community relating to the City of Sydney local area
  • published reference material.

Main image: Fashion models on Forbes Street, Woolloomooloo, 1979. City of Sydney Archives, A-00066969

Some of our most popular collections include:

The catalogue also includes development and building records. If you are drafting a conservation management plan or heritage impact statement you might find these resources useful:

  • inspection, planning and survey cards
  • proposed and approved building plans
  • reports, such as statements of environmental effects
  • certificates for construction or for complying development
  • private certifier approved development applications
  • council approved building and development applications, including notices of determination
  • supporting documents.