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Sydney. Always.

To celebrate our 186-year heritage as Australia’s oldest premium publisher, we’ve selected evocative black & white imagery from The Sydney Morning Herald’s historic photographic archives to showcase the role our journalism has played in capturing Sydney’s growth into an iconic Australian city.

We’re committed to bringing you the same quality, independent journalism into the future with a continuous focus on enhancing your news experience.
Christmas Day at Bondi Beach, Sydney, 1944
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A surf lifesaving carnival is held at Bondi Beach, Sydney, 1935
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North Sydney Olympic Pool, 1961
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A painter at work on the Sydney Harbour Bridge, 1962.
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George Street West, Sydney, is widened to become known as The Broadway, 1937
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Commuters board the first electric passenger train from Central Station to Mount Victoria, NSW, 1958
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A rainy day on Eddy Avenue, outside Central Station, Sydney, about 1930
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The Sydney Harbour Bridge as seen from West Circular Quay, 1932
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Traffic comes to a standtsill on the Sydney Harbour Bridge during a tram strike, 1946
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Trams cross the Sydney Harbour Bridge, about 1932
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Crowds enjoy the warm weather at Manly Beach, Sydney, 1932
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Manly Beach Esplanade, Sydney, 1929
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The cruise ship, Marconi, is docked at the Circular Quay, Sydney, 1963
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Christmas Eve shoppers on Pitt Street, Sydney, 1935
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Stalls sell Christmas bush on Christmas Eve in Martin Place, Sydney, 1935
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A porter at work at Central Station in Sydney, 1950
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Children play cricket in an alleyway in Redfern, Sydney, 1948
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Crowds queue for the third Test at the Sydney Cricket Ground, 1963
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The Scooter Club farewells Keith Batten at Sydney Town Hall as sets off to tour Australia, 1952
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Transport workers board a tram on Parramatta Road, Sydney, for a stop-work meeting, 1946
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Central Station in Sydney at night, 1955
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Sydney Harbour is shrouded in fog, 1959
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Sydney Opera House Construction
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Workers remove tram tracks from Elizabeth Street, Sydney, 1961
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View of the Great Synagogue and nearby buildings on Elizabeth Street, Sydney, about 1920
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O-class trams travel along Elizabeth Street, Sydney, about 1920
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Workmen erect a sign welcoming US President Lyndon B. Johnson to Sydney, 1967
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Traffic and pedestrians on on Pitt Street, Sydney, 1911
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Linesmen repair street lights on Pitt Street, Sydney, 1954
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Lower Pitt Street, Sydney Harbour Bridge at a distance, Sydney, about 1932 [
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The new Sydney Morning Herald Building on Hunter Street, Sydney, about 1930
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Children wait at Central Station, Sydney, for a train that will taken them to a Red Cross Camp, 1959
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A ticket seller at work at Town Hall Railway Station, Sydney, 1954
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Dignitaries watch the first electric train leave Wynyard Railway Station, Sydney, 1932
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A white cat walks atop a southern pylon of the Sydney Harbour Bridge, 1957
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Pedestrians and traffic in Martin Place, Sydney, about 1911
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Sydney Town Hall on George Street, Sydney, about 1931
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The Plaza Hotel on George Street, Sydney, 1956
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Workmen install indicator borads at Wynyard Railway Station, Sydney,1927
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Commuters board the new express bus from Wynyard to Palm Beach, 1959
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Shops line York Street near Wynyard Station, Sydney, 1953
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Commuters queue for buses outside Wynyard Station, Sydney, during a bus dispute, 1959
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A quiet day on York Street, Sydney, during a bus strike, 1959
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Kings Cross, Sydney, at night, 1966
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Pilots in the Sydney to Moree Air Race prepare to depart from the Mascot Aerodrome, 1938
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Two ladies walk along the Bondi Beach promenade, 1929
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New ferry wharf at Manly, Sydney, 1940
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Sydney Harbour Bridge and the Imperial Hotel at Milsons Point, Sydney, about 1931
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Parents watch their children compete at North Sydney Olympic Pool from the Sydney Harbour Bridge,1961
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Sydney Harbour Bridge under construction, 1930
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Wet weather in Sydney, 1957
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Traffic congestion on Pitt Street, 1949
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Construction of the Western Distributor motorway as seen from Ultimo, Sydney, 1981
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A stainless-steel double-decker train prepares to leave Martin Place on a test-run of the new Eastern Suburbs line, 1977
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Toll collectors on the Sydney Harbour Bridge, 1939
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Toll collectors work in the rain on the Sydney Harbour Bridge,1933
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Traffic on Pitt Street, Sydney, 1954
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The AMP Building is under construction at Circular Quay, Sydney, 1961
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A boy watches construction in progress at Circular Quay, Sydney, 1939
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Construction is underway at Circular Quay, Sydney, 1939
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