Heritage Databases


Online Catalogues

You can access a range of wonderful image libraries curated by the North Sydney Heritage Centre.

These databases can all be accessed from home, or wherever you have internet access.

Many of the images are copyright (further information is linked in each collection)

Enjoy these portals into yesteryear...


Costumes & Objects


Face of North Sydney


Naming North Sydney

View clothing, textiles, domestic items, utensils, tools, memorabillia and other objects relating to the history of North Sydney from the 19C through to the present day.   View pictures from a historic collection of over 8,500 photos.   The history behind the naming of North Sydney's streets, parks and localities.  

Public Art


Building North Sydney


The Mosman Daily Index

A register of artworks located on public land and in public buildings in the North Sydney Council area.   An Archive of original Building Plans lodged during 1930 - 1949   This database is an Index of articles on local politics, news, current events, and the people, places,  

Plaque Register


1890's Block Plan Maps


Just For Fun

This is a register of all commemorative plaques and signage installed by North Sydney Council in association with the North Shore Historical Society.   These plans were drawn between 1890-1896 under the direction of the NSW Surveyor General, and show those parts of the Municipality which had been subdivided and built upon at that time.   This Image Library contains the Kathy Day collection of world amusement park and seaside resort postcards.  

Picturing North Sydney


North Shore Journals


St Thomas Cemetery Headstones

This Image Library contains artworks, large photographs, some plans and awards from our Large Picture Collection.   Pages of the North Shore Historical Society Journals from inception in 1959 to 2010.   Surviving headstones in the St. Thomas' cemetery prior to its conversion into a rest park in 1974.