Resources to download

Resources to download

Histories of Green Square

The name might be new, but the area of Green Square (which covers parts of Waterloo, Alexandria, Zetland, Beaconsfield and Rosebery) is an old industrial and residential area with a rich history. Histories of Green Square is a collection of essays that tell some of these stories.Green Square book cover

The chapters collected in Histories of Green Square were researched and written by University of New South Wales students from the 2004 class of Going Public – Public History and the Historian. The history course and production of this volume were supervised by Dr Grace Karskens, senior lecturer at the school of history, the University of NSW.

Histories of Green Square has been made available to planners and developers, public artists, future residents and urban historians, via the City of Sydney’s website, with the permission of the authors, for research and education purposes.

Short electoral history

Hilary Golder's introduction to the City's electoral history provides background information for the analysis of municipal elections held between1842 and 1992. Changes in the broader social, economic and political context of those elections are covered in Shirley Fitzgerald's book Sydney 1842-1992 (Hale and Iremonger, Sydney, 1992).

You can download the Short Electoral History as a PDF file below.

The Short Electoral History concentrates on electoral mechanics, in themselves highly political issues, which often determined the outcome of the contests. These include the manipulation of city and ward boundaries and changes to the city franchise and voting systems.

The More Things Change - The Relevance of Molnar Today

Former City Historian Shirley Fitzgerald explores how George Molnar's views as articulated in his cartoons are still relevant to contemporary Sydney. You can download a copy of The More Things Change - The Relevance of Molnar Today lecture as a PDF document below.

As a Professor of Architecture and a cartoonist, George Molnar had a keen eye for urban planning issues and political life. He particularly enjoyed pointing out the incongruities of society in his cartoons, and illustrated them with poignancy and humour.

In the rapidly changing cityscape of the 1950s-1970s there was plenty of fodder for Molnar's cartoons. Many of his cartoons are relevant because the issues are still problematic or present today. His cartoons are also relevant because of his social critique of the powers-that-be, bureaucracy and bumbling decision makers.

This talk was originally presented at Customs House, Sydney on 13 June 2001, to coincide with the exhibition of George Molnar's cartoons Human Scale in Architecture. The exhibition was held at City Exhibition Space, Level 4 Customs House.

History? You Must Be Joking

This is the title of the fifth annual History Lecture of the History Council of NSW, given at Government House, Sydney, on the evening of 29 June by Dr Shirley Fitzgerald, the City's former historian.

Dr Fitzgerald has published many books on Sydney's history, and in this lecture she addressed the issue of why we should be bothered with history.

This is one of a series of annual lectures organised by the NSW History Council.


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Last updated: Tuesday, 4 December 2012