Collections

Keeping cool

Shading the face, fanning a fire into a blaze or cooling food, shooing away insects, conveying social status, even passing discreet romantic messages - the use of the fan goes far beyond the creation of a breeze.

Ellen Marshall’s kitchen dresser

Museum Collections

Place-based collections at our historic houses and museums

ABTS - Unboxing a glass plate negative

Archives behind the scenes - unboxing a glass plate negative

In this episode we visit the Conservation Lab where Elizabeth shows us how to unbox glass plate negatives - very gently!

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Archives behind the scenes - bubonic plague

Did you know there was an outbreak of plague, in Sydney, at The Rocks, in 1900? Our Register of Bubonic Plague Cases covers 1900 to 1908 and records all of the cases known to the authorities for the duration of the outbreak

 Goods supplied by Robert Harper and Co to grocer George Hill

Archives behind the scenes - bankruptcy files

The bankruptcy files in our Collection - dating from 1888 to 1928 - contain lists of creditors that the bankrupt person owed money to and debtors that owed money to the bankrupt person

c.1923 coloured sketch of alternative cantilever Sydney Harbour Bridge

State Archives Collection

Making history every day

School files

Archives behind the scenes - school files

We hold NSW School Files from 1876 to 1979. They are an amazing source of information, not only for school history but also for the history of a local community

Archives behind the scenes - deceased estate files

In this episode of Archives Behind the Scenes, Martyn shows us the treasure trove of information that you can find in deceased estate files