The Photographic Collection

We hold tens of thousands of archival photos from the late 19th Century to the present, capturing life in New South Wales in much of its richness and diversity. The original formats of these images vary widely, from glass plates and lantern slides to 35mm negatives, colour transparencies and prints.


More images from our photographic collection can be searched for from the

Homepage on our website.


Can you help us?

By uploading some of these images to Flickr we aim to highlight our photographic collection and hope that you might be able to join us in identifying unknown scenes, people and places by tagging and commenting on our photostream.


What else can you do with our images?

You can use our images for research and study purposes.


We are also happy for you to use our photos on your blog or website - all we ask is that you cite (and link to) them using the Digital ID number that is listed in the image description. This ensures visitors can get back to the original source. We'd love to see any NSW State Archives items you feature on your blog so please email us and include a link to your post.


If you wish to reproduce our images for other purposes please contact us. High res versions can also be purchased via the website.


About NSW State Archives

We are the NSW Government's archives and records management authority and ensure access to records which illuminate history, enrich the life of the community and support good and accountable government.


We have a reading room at Kingswood in Western Sydney which is open to the public from 9am-5pm Monday to Friday and 10am-4pm on Saturday. Closed Sundays and Public Holidays. Researchers and family historians frequently visit the repository to view and research these archives.


We are also continually increasing online access to our archival collection with the addition of indexes on our website that allow you to search for the names of people and places found in our records. A family historian's delight!

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