Major milestones in the history of Sydney Town Hall are recorded on its walls, ensuring that due recognition for each important stage remains a permanent fixture. Each was a cause for celebration, conducted with due ceremony using special trowels and mallets and witnessed by civic dignitaries. Secreted behind a number of these plaques are time capsules recording a snapshot of the life and times in Sydney at that particular moment. This tradition has continued with the latest one buried in 2010 marking the completion of major works.
1868 Foundation Stone
1868 Foundation Stone
Plaque commemorating the laying of the foundation stone for the first stage of Sydney Town Hall, laid by HRH Prince Alfred, Duke of Edinburgh, 4 April 1868 Photo Greg Piper
1883 Harris Tablet
1883 Harris Tablet
Plaque commemorating the laying of the foundation stone for Centennial Hall, 13 November 1883 Photo Greg Piper
Centennial Hall topstone
Centennial Hall topstone
Plaque commemorating the laying of the final top stone of Centennial (Main) Hall , 10 April 1889 Photo Greg Piper
Clocktower Stone
Clocktower Stone
Plaque commemorating the completion of the finial of the clocktower, 26 April 1873 Photo Greg Piper
Commemoration Soudan
Commemoration Soudan
Plaque commemorating the departure of the NSW contingent to the Soudan (sic), 1885 Sydney Town Hall Collection 04-055 Photo Greg Piper
Mayorall tablet 1843-1930
Mayorall tablet 1843-1930
Marble tablet commemorating the mayoral terms 1843-1861 Photo Greg Piper
Plaque commemorating royal visit
Plaque commemorating royal visit
Plaque commemorating the visit to Australia of HRH Edward, Prince of Wales and to Sydney Town Hall on 18 June 1920 Photo Greg Piper
Plaque to commemorate Federation
Plaque to commemorate Federation
Plaque commemorating the Sesquicentenary of the Council of the City of Sydney, 1992 Photo Greg Piper
Vestibule plaque
Vestibule plaque