10 Jan 1958 - first Sydney Opera House Lottery

On this day 10 January 1958 the first Opera House Lottery was drawn.

The lottery went on sale in November 1957 in an attempt to raise money for the building of the new Opera House. Tickets cost $10 each and the first prize was $200,000. The last Opera House Lottery was drawn in September 1986.

Source: Visit Sydney Australia (n.d.) Sydney Opera House

Research guide to the records

Sydney Opera House booklets

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Yellow book, 1962

Sydney Opera House - the Yellow Book

This 1962 report (commonly known as the Yellow Book) comprises plans submitted by Jørn Utzon and consultants

Sydney Opera House - the Gold Book

The printed booklet, commonly known as the “Gold Book”, was issued to accompany the “Ceremony to Commemorate the Commencement of the Sydney Opera House” on 2 March 1959

Red book, 1958

Sydney Opera House - the Red Book

This 1958 report (known also as the Red Book) was presented by Jørn Utzon to the Premier and the Sydney Opera House Committee in order to give … a project which realizes in practical form the vision of the competition


Sydney Opera House guide

A brief history of the Sydney Opera House plus a select list of records relating to the design, construction and official opening

Waagner-Biro Stage Machinery (Sydney Opera House)

Photos of stage equipment constructed by Waagner-Biro Akitiengesellschaft, the company contracted to install SOH stage equipment