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New South Wales - Archival Collection

Sydney City Mission photographs and a drawing, ca. 1892-1986

Reference No
PXD 1242, PXA 1606 / Box 1, PXA 1606 / Box 2, SLIDES 249-250
Legal Status
State Library of New South Wales - Manuscripts & Pictures Call Numbers

The archival collection Sydney City Mission photographs and a drawing includes 130 photographs, a water colour drawing, 65 lantern slides and 13 slides that depict Sydney City Mission activities, including children's homes. These drawings, photographs and pictures are held by the State Library of New South Wales.


Access Conditions

People wishing to access these records should contact the State Library of New South Wales. Individuals may be required to provide identification or contact Mission Australia to protect the privacy of individuals who may be mentioned in the records. Mission Australia's policy is to give individuals access to information about them upon request so they can review and correct details. If access is denied then Mission Australia will justify their stance. As a first point of contact however all enquiries should be directed to the State Library of New South Wales.


This archival collection is divided into four archival series, or parts. Each archival series has been given a call number (a code used by librarians to identify records and items). The four archival series are described in more detail below.
PXA 1606/Boxes 1-2: Contains photographs of 'clients', staff, programs and locations related to Sydney City Mission including:

  • Glebe City Mission Cricket Club, City Refuge Gymnastics team, the Wilderness Program, Missionbeat vans, Benjamin Short Soup kitchen, and life skills classes;
  • Seaside House Cronulla, Mission House at Newtown, Swanton Lodge, Clifton Lodge at North Sydney, Balmain Mission Hall, Mt Gibraltar Home at Bowral, Benjamin Short children's home;
  • Green Valley Community Centre, Stanmore Clothing Centre, "The Factory" at Waterloo, Sydney Mission Head Office in Bathurst Street and Benjamin Short (the founder of the Mission); and
  • Eilean Donan Castle, Loch Duich, Scotland; Glencoe Mountains from Callart, Scotland.

PXD 1242: A watercolour by Winifred Caddy titled 'One of Sydney's Oldest, City Mission Hall'
SLIDES 249: Lantern slides include Macquarie Place, Sleeping out, Stonehaven, Surry Hills, Mt Gibraltar dormitory, Cronulla playground, Paddington soup kitchen, Norfolk St (Newtown), Cornwallis St (Redfern), Alexandria St (Alexandria), Cronulla dining room, Glebe boys, Redfern East girls, Newtown, Barcum Place (Paddington), Sunday School, at Mt Gibraltar, "Off to School at Mt Gibraltar, Camperdown, In the Redfern district, Mount Gibraltar (Bowral), Millers Point, Waterloo, Albert Square (Paddington), Dudley St (Paddington), Chippendale, In the Domain, Dining room (Mt Gibraltar), Cronulla dormitory, 1930s.

SLIDES 250: Slides include Judges House (Kent St), Alexandria, vans, junior boys camp sports day, Missionary Want, outdoor preaching, 'Reading the Word to an invalid' at Glebe, Waterloo district, Alexandria Mission Hall, Outdoor Sunday School.


Online Resources

Prepared by: Naomi Parry