City of Sydney Historical Association
Of Interest to Members

Resource of the Month: Australian Women's Weekly on Trove Australia

As described previously, Trove Australia is an initiative of the National Library of Australia. The Library describes it  as "a new discovery experience focused on Australia and Australians. To aid this mission, the full editions of nearly every Australian Women's Weekly between 1932 and 1982 is online at this site. Throughout the years has covered many topics, inlcuding when Stalin replaced the usual children and pets on the cover. A fascinating social history for all members.

Click here to go to the Trove Australian Women's Weekly website


iPhone Apps & History: Painting The Rocks walking tour IPhone App

In what appears to be a first, the Historic Houses Trust and the Sydney Harbour Foreshore Authority (SHFA) have released a free iPhone App that focuses on the history of Sydney. As explained below, it is easy to use and is a good use of new technologies to graphically illustrate both the dramatic changes in urban form in some parts of the The Rocks and, to a lesser extent, the continuity of urban form in other parts. It would be a good model to use for similar projects. Perhaps SHFA could develop a similar App that visitors to Darling Harbour could use: showing the transformation of the Powerhouse Museum, the change of the Goods Line into the Light Rail and replacement of heavy rail and port infrastructure into what Darling Harbour is today. (There could even be a voting button screen, where visitors could indicate which version they preferred).

The Apple website provides further details:

The 'Painting The Rocks walking tour' iPhone App can be used in conjunction with a visit to the 'Painting The Rocks' exhibition at the Museum of Sydney or simply on a visit to The Rocks.

Take an interactive tour of some of the highlights from the 'Painting The Rocks' exhibition as you wander around Sydney's famous heritage precinct, The Rocks. Select a point of interest from the map to see how, and why, The Rocks has changed since some of Australia's most famous artists painted it more than 100 years ago.

The 'Painting The Rocks' exhibition takes place at the Museum of Sydney from Saturday 7 August to Sunday 28 November 2010.

A joint initiative of the Historic Houses Trust and Sydney Harbour Foreshore Authority.

Click here to download the iPhone App.
Website of the Month: Trove Australia

Trove Australia is an initiative of the National Library of Australia. The Library describes it  as "a new discovery experience focused on Australia and Australians. It supplements what search engines provide with reliable information from Australia's memory institutions." For example if you search for "Jock Garden" (an council alderman in the 1920s), you are instantly given access to 4 references to books, journals and other printed material on him, as well as 2 photos, 256 newspaper links, as well as 3 oral histories, 2 biographical cutting references and 25 archived websites. It's a fantastic resource. A one stop shop guide to our history and a very good use of web technologies.

Click here to go to the Trove Australia website.

Website of the Month: Historical Atlas of Sydney

The Atlas presents digitised versions of maps and related cartographic resources, covering mainly the City of Sydney local government area but also more widely in the County of Cumberland region. An example of related resources can be found under the 'Town Plans' heading in the Atlas, where sets of combined map and text documents are presented.

The maps are presented as downloadable PDF files which can be panned and zoomed. Screen views can be printed for study purposes, insertion into project reports etc. Each set of maps has a background note with information useful for understanding how and why the maps were produced.

The Atlas went live a few months ago, but we have now added a lot more content - including the City of Sydney 'Civic Survey' (1938-1950), and some radical post-1945 schemes in which Surry Hills and Redfern would be transformed as planned communities centred on high-rise apartment blocks set in parkland.

The next round of content will be added to the Atlas within a few months, with a bit of luck before Christmas. It will include the 1909 Royal Commission for the Improvement of Sydney and its Suburbs, and the 1945-55 County of Cumberland Planning scheme. In both cases we will present the full text as well as all the cartographic material.

The City of Sydney hopes that this Atlas will be of use to students and teachers, and to history and geography professionals, and other researchers who have a need to review historical cartography.

Click here to go to the Atlas website.