Fort Macquarie, Bennelong Point

Fort Macquarie, situated on Bennelong Point, was constructed between 1817-1821 and demolished in 1901. Fort Macquarie Tram Depot was opened in 1902 and pulled down in 1958 to make way for the building of the Sydney Opera House.

Search the catalogue for records using keywords Fort Macquarie, Fort Macquarie Tram Depot and Bennelong Point.

See the Coastal Fortifications Guide for sources relating to coastal fortifications, defence works and military buildings.

Photographs of Fort Macquarie

  1. Government Printing Office; NRS-4481, Glass negatives
  2. Maritime Services Board; NRS-9856, Glass and acetate negatives, 1870-1988

Guide to the records

Sydney Opera House

Highlighting Sydney Opera House records in the State Archives Collection

Sydney Opera House drawings

An International Competition for the design of a National Opera House at Bennelong Point was held in 1956. We hold the original drawings submitted by Jørn Utzon and other competition records

The Sydney Opera House Books

Significant publications and reports on the Sydney Opera House project, including the rules for the design competition, plans, drawings and photographs at various stages of the construction

Government Printing Office 2 - 29953 - Opera House from Unilever Building [Sydney Opera House (N.S.W.); building construction] [GPO original locations or series - unnumbered] [4/03/1966]

Sydney Opera House construction

We hold records relating to the construction of Sydney Opera House including the stages of construction, who was who, correspondence, plans, contracts, accounting records and more

Fireworks above the Opera House on the night of the official opening, before the commencement of the opening concert. October 20th 1973.

Opening of the Sydney Opera House

The Opera House was officially opened by Her Majesty the Queen on 20 October 1973. This was followed by a two-week festival of events