The City of Sydney Archives is responsible for managing a collection of more than 80,000 archival photographs and other images of the City. So far we have digitised about 50,000 of them into ArchivePix.
Most date from between 1900 and the present day. They include photographs taken by Council agencies as part of their business activities, by the Sydney Festival, and photographs donated to the Archives by the public. Collections of images are occasionally purchased where they are of exceptional quality and relevance to the collection
The archival collections are particularly strong in documenting the built environment and public spaces of the City, Council's own buildings and activities, and delivery of Council services. We have images ranging from Blockboys to the Bradfield Highway under construction, and from retaining walls at Elizabeth Bay to Royal Visits by Elizabeth II.