Sailors, Spies and Sydney Stairs

Surely few stairways in Sydney have seen as much drama as the McElhone Stairs. Constructed in 1904, the 113 sandstone stairs loom over Brougham Street and the naval base below in Woolloomooloo. It soon became a well-worn path for everyone from sailors, residents,... read more

The National Trust

This week the NSW heritage sector celebrates the good work done across the state. It is the Heritage Festival, and as part of that the National Trust (NSW) hosts an awards function in which projects large and small are recognised and celebrated. It’s like the heritage... read more


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PIC: Man reading newspaper on deck of ferry approaching Circular Quay, 1906. By Harold Cazneaux. Contributed by National Library of Australia (nla.pic-an23242011).


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Bob Hawke speaking to young Trade Unionists at a Youth Parliament in Sydney, 22 September 1967

Pic: Mitchell Library, The State Library of New South Wales, Tribune / SEARCH Foundation (ON 161/Item 257)

Details from The Tribune, 27 September 1967 via Trove
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Detail from MS Hill's 1888 map 'The City of Sydney',  a birds-eye view over the city looking to the south and west across Darling Harbour.

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