2 Mar 1959 - Sydney Opera House construction began

On this day 2 March 1959 work officially began on Stage 1 of the Sydney Opera House when Premier JJ Cahill laid a plaque, the point from which all measurements of the Sydney Opera House would be taken.

Stage 1 included the building of the upper podium and the work was carried out by Civil and Civic P/L.

Source: Sydney Opera House. Construction begins

Booklets and competition drawings

Brown book, 1955

Sydney Opera House - the Brown Book

Conditions and Programme for an International Competition for a National Opera House at Bennelong Point, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia

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


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


20 Oct 1973 - Sydney Opera House officially opened

On this day 20 October 1973 the Sydney Opera House was officially opened by Queen Elizabeth II