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
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
Booklets and competition drawings
Conditions and Programme for an International Competition for a National Opera House at Bennelong Point, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
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
Guide to the records
Highlighting Sydney Opera House records in the State Archives Collection
Fort Macquarie was constructed between 1817-1821 and demolished in 1901. The Tram Depot was opened in 1902 and pulled down in 1958 to make way for the building of the Sydney Opera House
The Sydney Opera House Trust operates and maintains the Opera House on behalf of the NSW Government
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
There are many images of the Sydney Opera House in all stages of construction and use in the State Archives Collection.
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