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Many ways to celebrate this city’s 175 years

Woodblocking - College St widening. Image courtesy of City of Sydney

Interactive talks, music performances, a primary school program and an exhibition of rare photographs and artefacts are just some of the attractions marking November 2017’s 175th anniversary of the City of Sydney.

The City will open the doors of Sydney Town Hall for its anniversary celebration, inviting Sydneysiders and visitors to the free exhibition and family-friendly activities during October and November 2017.

“Over 175 years, the council of Sydney has helped build a great global city and fostered an incredibly diverse and successful community,” Lord Mayor Clover Moore said.

“Our City: 175 years in 175 objects presents the evolution of Sydney under the City of Sydney’s leadership and highlights the City’s vast collection of archives and civic memorabilia from 1842 to the present day.

“Many of our ancestors have seen Sydney evolve into the global city that it is – this is an opportunity to look back at where we began, the challenges we have overcome, and where we plan to be in the future.”

Celebrations for the 175th anniversary of council include:

Our City: 175 years in 175 objects exhibition

Incorporating 175 objects from the City’s civic, history and archive collections – many of which have never been made public before. The exhibition from 27 October to 12 November 2017 at Sydney Town Hall will feature civic and social history, events, people and places dating from 1842 to 2017.

Highlights include the very first map completed by council in 1845, a review of historical jobs such as the Inspector of Nuisances, and a screening of the earliest surviving film footage of Australia.

Curated by the City’s archives, history and curatorial teams, the exhibition falls within the anniversary dates of the first election of councillors on 1 November 1842 and the inaugural meeting of Council on 9 November 1842.

The exhibition will cover four overarching themes: building, governing, working and inspiring.

Schools program

This education kit is aligned to the NSW primary school syllabus. Self-guided, syllabus-linked activities will engage Stage 3 students with the exhibition and help to develop their history and geography skills.

They’ll learn about the lives of people in Australia’s colonial past and local government structures and responsibilities. They’ll also discover experiences of democracy for women and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and how people influence places.

The free school resources for classroom and exhibition activities are available at the City of Sydney website.

Bookings for school visits are free and essential through Eventbrite.

Floor talks

The City’s historians, curators and archivists will give short floor talks sharing highlights of the exhibition. The talks will occur every Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday. Details of times and topics are available at the City of Sydney website.

Organ recital

This stirring, atmospheric composition was specially created to mark the 175th anniversary of the City of Sydney and celebrate the magnificence of Sydney Town Hall’s 19th century grand organ.

The piece by Sydney composer Austin Buckett draws on historic change bell ringing patterns in an immersive minimalist composition that transports this historic instrument into the 21st century.

The free premiere is on Sunday 5 November 2017 at 4.30pm.

Source: City of Sydney

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