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One upon a Time and Crime in Paddington

Edgecliff, nsw

Delve into the depths of Paddington's peculiar past. This history hunt will expose the crimes before the cafes and the slums before the chic. Exploring hidden alleys, terraced streets, historic pubs, we'll connect with odd identities, local legends and unusual architecture. Don't miss this 2hour Historian led tour.

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Making connections in Double Bay – a Local History walking tour

Double Bay, nsw

Uncover the hidden gems of Double Bay's heritage on this 2-hour walking tour, with our dedicated library staff as your guides. Discover historic stories, images and information that illustrate local themes and connect us to the past.

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Kings, Queens and Clubs of The Cross

Elizabeth Bay, nsw

Step into the sinister, sensational and sexed-up world of old Kings Cross. This unique exploration will connect contemporary visitors with the colourful characters, notorious crime stories and infamous clubs of Sydney’s historic entertainment hub. 2 hour evening tour led by Sydney Crime Historian.

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Architecture & History Potts Point & Elizabeth Bay Tour

Potts Point, nsw

You'll discover the wonderful and decadent sides of Sydney’s housing.
Potts Point and Elizabeth Bay are amongst the colourful places in the country. With a harbourside location, these have been home to the very rich and the very poor, to churches, gangsters and scandal.

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A living story you are a part of: The Sisters of Charity Heritage Centre

Potts Point, nsw

The Heritage Centre brings alive the spirit of the Sisters of Charity, its history and heritage. It is a creative and inclusive space comprising of a permanent and temporary exhibition, chapel and courtyard, and meeting room. We'd love to welcome you!

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The Edina Estate Tour and Tea

Waverley, nsw

Located in Waverley in Sydney’s busy Eastern Suburbs, Edina is described as ‘one of the grandest private houses surviving in Sydney from Colonial times’, yet few people know of this historical gem, hiding in plain sight. Tour this historical gem and enjoy morning tea.

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In that Rich Earth

Sydney, nsw

Embedded in the floor of the Hall of Service is a ring displaying 100 battlefields or sites of military significance. Join our senior historian to learn how this artwork was created and of the NSW service personnel who have fought, sweated and bled beyond our shores between 1863 and 2018.

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Sly Groggin’ with Kate Leigh the Gangster Queen – Immersive cabaret experience

Surry Hills, nsw

Unforgettable night of local knowledge shared by Kate and her henchmen. True local stories direct from the mouth of the Queen of Surry hills herself with her insights into the razor gang years in her actual home which was also her first sly grog shop. Tickets include performance, antipasto plate and dessert.

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Sydney’s Condemnation and Demolition books

Sydney, nsw

In this talk, City Historian Laila Ellmoos will tell us about the history of the City of Sydney's Condemnation and Demolition Books, a key photographic collection held in the City Archives comprising almost 5000 photographs and associated glass plate negatives.

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See the light at Morris – Culinary journey & curated tour

Haymarket, nsw

Embark on a curated tour that will unveil the rich history and architectural grandeur of the heritage-listed Hotel Morris. Following the tour, indulge in a culinary journey with a specially crafted shared menu packed with mouthwatering Italian flavours and limited-time dishes.

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World War Two on the streets of Surry Hills

Surry Hills, nsw

While the Australian Diggers were battling in New Guinea, the gangsters in Surry Hills were battling each other for control of the lucrative vice marketing feeding the US Servicemen. Join a walking tour of Surry Hills and discover the lost (censored) history of when WW2 came to Surry Hills.

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Laser cut jewellery: from the archives 16+yrs

Haymarket, nsw

Be inspired by images from the City of Sydney archives to create heritage inspired laser-cut jewellery pieces.

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Trouble Makers and Crime Trivia

Sydney, nsw

Immerse yourself in an evening of Crime Trivia, Cocktails and Sinister Stories of the past.

Historian Max Burns-McRuvie and SILY Bar will animate your passion for true crime stories through a unique series of live events in a heritage setting.

Join us for: Crimes, Quizzes, Cocktails and Connections.

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Building Darlinghurst

Haymarket, nsw

City Historian Laila Ellmoos will share how the archive sheds light on the rapid urbanisation of Darlinghurst in the 19th century, and the intricate and intimate interconnections between neighbours, tenants and landlords.

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Exploring the people and places of Darlinghurst

Haymarket, nsw

How does a pretty hamlet with windmills, cottages and paddocks transform into an inner-city suburb of Victorian terraces, Art Deco flats and rowdy pubs? Join us for a part how-to, part history talk about exploring the City of Sydney’s archives and connecting its people, places and stories.

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Sound and noise in Darlinghurst

Haymarket, nsw

Come and immerse yourself in the soundscape of Darlinghurst in the 1920s and 30s with historians Paula Hamilton and Lisa Murray, as they evoke localised sounds and trace how modern living and technology triggered complaints and new definitions of noise.

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Laser cut printmaking: from the archives 16+yrs

Haymarket, nsw

Use images from the City of Sydney Archives to create a laser-cut printing plate and print your image on our printing press!

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So many layers of history: a walking tour of Chippendale

Chippendale, nsw

Join award winning historian and local resident Dr Ian Hoskins on a walk around one of Sydney's oldest suburbs, where a Pugin-inspired church, early-Victorian terraces and remnants of the once dominant Tooths Brewery survive with the best in contemporary architecture, art galleries and eateries.

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Chinese Garden of Friendship Connections

Haymarket, nsw

Embark on a cultural journey at the Chinese Garden of Friendship during the Heritage Festival. Experience a captivating school holiday workshop, explore an enticing exhibition, join a newly developed Meandering Pathway of Tranquility tour, and indulge in the delights of the new menu.

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Heritage and Connections, Workshop for Tour Guides

Millers Point, nsw

Australia has a rich natural and cultural heritage that underpins a sense of place and national identity. Our heritage includes stories, traditions, events and experiences inherited from the past and is comprised of natural, historic and Indigenous places and people.

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2024 Heritage Steamer | 1902 VIP Steam Launch Lady Hopetoun

Sydney, nsw

Step back in time! Join us for a fun-filled cruise of Sydney Harbour aboard historic steamer: 1902 VIP Steam Launch Lady Hopetoun!

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