The Sydney Town Hall Collection is a fascinating window into the history of Sydney and the people, places and events which have shaped Sydney. For over 130 years, Council has acquired by gift, purchase and bequest, a diverse collection of decorative and historical items and each item has a story to tell. Acquisitions of artworks, furnishings and official gifts are used to enhance the interiors of Sydney Town Hall and wherever possible displayed for public enjoyment. Our on-going curatorial program includes the addition of items with historical significance to the Town Hall and to the civic history of the city and commissioning local artists to create specific artworks will ensure that the collection continues to develop in ways which record the evolution of the City’s history and achievements.
Sandstone headstone
Sandstone headstone
Fragment from a memorial to Elizabeth Steel, convict, died 1795, excavated from below Sydney Town Hall in 1991 Sydney Town Hall Collection 04-016 Photo Greg Piper
Lock of hair
Lock of hair
Reputedly from the head of Napoleon, 1821 Sydney Town Hall Collection 88-182 Photo Greg Piper
Lamp and switch
Lamp and switch
Recovered from a Type A Japanese midget submarine in Sydney Harbour, 1942 Sydney Town Hall Collection 88-109 Photo Greg Piper
Bone-china-vase
Bone-china-vase
By Shelley China, England c1920 transfer printed with an illustration of Sydney Town Hall Sydney Town Hall Collection 88-175 Photo Greg Piper
Sydney Cove medallion
Sydney Cove medallion
(replica), after the original made from clay sent to Wedgwood England 1789 Sydney Town Hall Collection Photo Greg Piper