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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Aboard Tall Ship James Craig | A Day At Sea

Pyrmont, nsw

Experience the thrill of ocean sailing on a fully restored Tall Ship from the 1870s: James Craig!
Your amazing experience begins as this historic 1874 square rig sail ship leaves her berth at Pyrmont.

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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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Real History Walking Tours

Glebe, nsw

At Real History Walking Tours, we love sharing overlooked or unknown stories from the past. Sydney's streets are oozing with incredible historical stories just waiting to be uncovered! Our 1.5-hour walking tours allow visitors to understand the cultural and social history of multiple Sydney suburbs.

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Exploring the industrial heritage of Jones Bay Wharf

Pyrmont, nsw

Join industrial heritage expert and Artefact Principal Dr Iain Stuart on a specially curated guided tour of Jones Bay Wharf in Pyrmont.

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Steaming Saturdays | 1902 Steam Tug Waratah

Pyrmont, nsw

Step back in time, join us for a fun-filled guided Saturday cruise aboard historic steamer: 1902 Steam Tug Waratah!
Whether you're a steam enthusiast or just looking for a unique experience, this cruise is perfect for you!

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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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Mysteries and Merchants of old Millers Point: Walking History Tour

Millers Point, nsw

Make your way through the murky maritime village of old Millers Point on a historian-led walk that uncovers the fascinating locals, legends and layout of this history drenched hub. This tour will visit convict built pubs, hidden laneways, colonial mansions, shipping wharves and views of the harbour.

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Ventuno Historical Walking Tour & Lunch

, nsw

Discover the history of Sydney’s Walsh Bay as historian Max Burns-McRuvie from Journey Walks rewinds the clock to an earlier age, leading guests on a historical walking tour delving into local murders, mysteries and tales of ancient pubs, smugglers and street gangs

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