Current Exhibitions

At home in North Sydney: An architectural history of a locality

This award-winning website explores North Sydney history through its built environment: it's architecture, architects, builders and residents. North Sydney has a diverse and fascinating range of dwellings dating from the first half of the 19th century.

The companion Heritage Centre exhibition features documents, photographs and oral recordings held by Stanton Library, as well as new video footage and interviews with some well-known local characters.


Locality: telling North Sydney stories in objects and pictures

Car Canyon: The Warringah Expressway and North Sydney

It’s been 50 years since Warringah Expressway from the Harbour Bridge to Crows Nest opened. Built during the heyday of highway construction, the Expressway was a response to the ‘great urgency’ for rapid car transit and widespread approval of the new multi-lane roads that promised to deliver this. Stage One, however, bisected North Sydney with a canyon of tar and concrete that dramatically changed the area’s character. It pushed through residential areas, demolishing around 500 homes. There were no concerted protests but attitudes shifted in the following decade as many questioned the wisdom of building roads as a solution to car traffic. The debate continues today.

As part of the permanent ‘Locality gallery, which explores local stories, ‘Car Canyon: The Warringah Expressway and North Sydney’ uses original plans, photographs and books to give the story of the Expressway and the growth of the car culture in North Sydney.

Open 10 August to 31 December 2018 in the North Sydney Heritage Centre, Level 1 Stanton Library 9am -5pm and throughout the Library during Library hours.


Warringah Expressway

Warringah Expressway shortly after opening in 1968, from the Stanton Library collection.