The City's memory bank

The City of Sydney Archives is the City's corporate memory with more than 15,000 shelf-metres of archival records, including large numbers of plans and photographs. More material is added to this collection every year.

Catalogues and search tools

Our online catalogue and search tools include Assessment books, the Sydney Reference Collection, the Sands Directory of Sydney, planning street cards, the Newtown Project and the Past in Print project.

Using the Archives

Here you will find research tips and details on how to include citations for archival records in your work. If you need to copy or reproduce archival documents, we'll show you how.

Special collections

As part of the 2017 Australian Heritage Festival, the City's Historian, Dr Lisa Murray, explored Sydney residents' grievances in the 19th century. Listen to the podcast: Letters of Complaint.

Adam Forrest Grant’s pictures of Sydney in the interwar years reveal a rarely seen side of the city.

The Working Harbour collection features about 10,000 photographs from the collection of Graeme Andrews OAM, some dating back 160 years and covering a large area stretching from Lake Macquarie in the north, south to Port Kembla and west to the Nepean River.


Other archives located within Australia and information about the importance of records and archives in society. 

Access to information

The Archives and Information Access teams respond to requests for access to City records. Find out how to lodge a request for information.


02 9265 9618 Town Hall House
Level 21, 456 Kent St
Sydney NSW 2000

City of Sydney Archives
GPO Box 1591
Sydney 2001

Monday to Friday: 9am to 4.30pm
Saturday and Sunday: Closed

Last updated: Thursday, 10 October 2019