The architectural fabric of the Town Hall has long been a canvas for the commemoration of Sydney’s history. The building enshrines the contribution of Sydney’s citizens to wars and records the civic duties of serving aldermen through an important portrait collection. Plaques, memorials and tablets around the walls of the Town Hall record Council’s milestones and the great events which have shaped the cultural heritage of the city, ensuring that not just the occasions, but the personal contributions are preserved in perpetuity. Sydney’s special relationship with HMAS Sydney is also celebrated in Sydney Town Hall.
Ceremonial brass key
Ceremonial brass key
Used by HM Queen Elizabeth II to unlock the gates of Sandringham Gardens, Hyde Park, Sydney on 5 February 1954. Sydney Town Hall Collection 99-029 Photo Greg Piper
Ceremonial-silver-mace
Ceremonial-silver-mace
Designed by John Hale and presented to the Council of the City of Sydney on the occasion of Council's Sesquicentenary in 1992. Sydney Town Hall Collection 92-028 Photo Greg Piper
Ceremonial silver spade
Ceremonial silver spade
Ceremonial silver spade
Ceremonial silver spade
Used by HRH Duke of Edinburgh to plant the first tree of the Remembrance Driveway between Sydney and Canberra on 5 February 1954. Sydney Town Hall Collection 04-015 Photo Greg Piper
Ceremonial silver trowel
Ceremonial silver trowel
Used to lay the foundation stone for the western front of the Town Hall, 28 October 1879, made by William Kerr, Sydney. Sydney Town Hall Collection 88- 530 Photo Greg Piper
Grant of the City Badge
Grant of the City Badge
By the College of Arms, London, 1909. Sydney Town Hall Collection 88-390 Photo Greg Piper
Keys to the City of Sydney
Keys to the City of Sydney
Designed by Ernst Pfenninger, Sydney 2000. Sydney Town Hall Collection 05-013 Photo Greg Piper
Lord Mayor's dress collar
Lord Mayor's dress collar
Made by W Farmer and Company, Sydney 1903 with the addition of subsequent links by William Kerr, silversmith and Angus & Coote, Jewellers, Sydney. Sydney Town Hall Collection 00-001 Photo Greg Piper
Lord Mayor's robes and chainof office
Lord Mayor's robes and chainof office
Lord Mayor's robes and chain of office detail of the Lord Mayor's chain of office made by W Farmer and Company, Sydney 1903 with the addition of subsequent links by William Kerr, silversmith and Angus & Coote, Jewellers, Sydney. Sydney Town Hall Collection 00-001 Photo Greg Piper