J Utzon: Sydney Opera House architectural drawingsJ Utzon: Sydney Opera House architectural drawings

For researchers, historians and interested Australians alike, the Pictures collections reveal a fascinating portrait of Australian lives. These collections form one of the most significant historical and documentary collections in Australia. Comprising watercolours, prints, drawings, silhouettes, miniatures, framed works (including oil paintings), architectural plans, black and white drawings, around one million photographs (see Photographic collections) and realia, they document the lives of past and present Australians, their society and buildings and landscapes.

People wanting historical images of suburbs or towns, portraits of public figures or their own ancestors, images of ships, or illustrations of Australian society and history, will find them invaluable.

The collections range from the late eighteenth century to the present day. While the images mostly illustrate New South Wales, there are strong nineteenth century holdings of other Australian states and the Pacific Region.

Collection strengths include:

For more information about the Pictures collection, Ask a Librarian.

Top image: Sydney Opera House collection (1956-1967) comprises pictorial material such as preliminary drawings, working drawings, illustrated reports, prints and consultants’ drawings of this world famous building.

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