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

At this ceremony the Premier, the Hon. J.J. Cahill M.L.A., positioned a plaque indicating the point from which all measurements of the Sydney Opera House would be taken. The booklet comprises a foreword by the Premier, comments on the Opera House, notes on the competition, the site, the design, and plans.

The booklet was printed in Sydney by V.C.N Blight, Government Printer in 1959.

A sample from the Gold Book

The Gold Book (PDF)

Sydney Opera House booklets

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

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

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 guide

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

2 Mar 1959 - Sydney Opera House construction began

On this Day work officially began on Stage 1 of the Sydney Opera House