Into the light: curating the ‘Developing Sydney’ exhibition

Join City of Sydney historian and curator Laila Ellmoos in this free 1-hour talk to explore how a lost Sydney emerged from the City archives during research for the current photographic exhibition Developing Sydney: Capturing Change 1900-1920.

The day-to-day life experiences of previous Sydneysiders are often ignored when researching the history of the city’s built form. In this free 1-hour talk, hear about the making of the Developing Sydney photographic exhibition (online and at Customs House) and Laila’s unexpected finds, favourite scenes and characters in these photographs. From barefooted urchins and backyard marsupials, to shaved heads and large hats, billy carts and missing shoes, the experiences of previous Sydneysiders are revealed.

This is a free event but bookings are essential, please register below. Please read your booking confirmation carefully for instructions on how to join the event on Zoom. You’ll need to install the free Zoom software on your own computer or device to participate.

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Event date

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1pm to 2pm

Entry fees:
Prebooking required
Attendance limit:
100 - 150