Maritime Services Board images

Nearly 5,000 images from the Maritime Services Board were digitised in 2021

The images provide a rich record of the construction of wharves and adjoining facilities in Sydney Harbour between 1870 and 1988 - from ferry wharves and passenger amenities to views of Port Jackson; ships and vessels; navigational aids such as buoys and beacons; rail work, tenements; roadways, housing and buildings in the harbour area including warehouses and boatsheds; road construction; reclamation works; equipment; damaged vessels; harbour-side pools; and demolition sites including wharves to combat rats and the plague. This webinar dives into the images and shows you how to find them.

Man in hard hard diving helmet and suit stands at a ladder on a punt. Two men are ready to assist behind him

Photographs in the State Archives Collection

An introduction to the NSW State Archives photographic collection

More webinars

Browse all
Man standing on wagon of horse drawn cart turns onto the main street of Broken Hill 1903.

Broken Hill (Archives in your town)

Explore the NSW town of Broken Hill through records in the State Archives Collection

A group of men stand behind a pile of dead rats

Bubonic plague register

An introduction to the Bubonic plague pandemic and records related to the Sydney outbreak in 1900–1908

Portrait of a man

Colonial Secretary's minutes, 1826-1927

A deep dive into the minutes, highlighting how these documents that dealt with Government policy, detailed plans and proposals also captured the lives of individual people, and how to find them

Plan of Cooma public school

Cooma school records

Explore the NSW town of Cooma through its school records