Caroline Simpson Library

Vue de George’s Street a Sydney [Nouvelle Galles du Sud]

A 'musical jolt' in early colonial Sydney

Imagine that moment when you first heard your favourite piece of music - something that excited, moved or surprised you. The early musical soundscape of Sydney was teeming with just such moments

A Little archive that tells a big story

Ahead of his time, interior designer Barry Little had a significant influence on Australian interiors in the 1960s and 70s

Hand painted title showing the middle section of reclining figure in landscape

A global design story

Their original owner and use remain a mystery, but these striking tiles hold an intriguing connection to a significant international design story

Detail of geometric motif

A new phase of life for Marlborough Hall

Historical research informs contemporary design, helping to give this original art deco apartment block a new lease on life

Colourful roses on the cover of a sheet music book.

A paper jukebox: exploring our sheet music collections

Musicologist Dr Graeme Skinner reflects on the historical and cultural significance of the sheet music collections from three historic properties belonging to Museums of History NSW

A man sits at a desk and looks at an album of pictures through a magnifying glass
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A recent acquisition uncovers rare tintype photographs

Tintypes are photographs printed on thin sheets of metal, rather than card. MHNSW doesn’t hold many in our collections, so this discovery is an exciting one

A window to the past

The private collection of photographer Alan Spearman Evans reveals an exceptional photographic record of an average middle-class couple celebrating their life in suburban Sydney in the early to mid 20th century

Light fittings

A world of designs

Trade catalogues, published to illustrate the products for sale from a manufacturer, wholesaler or retailer, reveal the surprising wealth of choice available to Australian consumers in the 19th century