Our City: 175 Years in 175 Objects

Our City: 175 Years in 175 Objects

From 1842 to 2017

The Council of the City of Sydney was established in 1842. This major exhibition presented the civic and social histories, events, people and places of the inner city from 1842 to 2017. It demonstrated 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 presented the shaping of, and support for, the community.

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

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

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

Exhibition catalogue

Our City 175 years in 175 objects

The book Our City: 175 Years in 175 Objects presents the evolution of Sydney under the council's leadership.

Illustrated in full colour, the history of Sydney is revealed through the stories of some remarkable objects: plans, furniture, letters, photographs, trophies and files.

This book is the companion to the exhibition held in Sydney Town Hall from 27 October to 12 November 2017.

It is available for purchase RRP $20 from Abbey's Bookshop, 131 York Street, Sydney.

The catalogue is also available to borrow through the City’s library network.


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


Last updated: Monday, 18 December 2017