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
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This 1962 report (commonly known as the 'Yellow Book') comprises plans submitted by Jørn Utzon and consultants
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
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
Guide to the records
Highlighting Sydney Opera House records in the State Archives Collection
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
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
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
We hold records of productions and performances held at the Sydney Opera House
A short documentary that offers a glimpse into the life of Harold Blair, a world-renowned tenor, family man and political campaigner who sought social justice and human rights for Australia’s First Nations people
Hear from former staff, creatives and performers about their most cherished memories of the iconic building