Sunday, June 19, 2011

Sydney Theatres & public halls

We were enjoying fruit cake and tea with our nan, Rita, over the Queen's Birthday long weekend and got talking about how good Sydney's cinemas were in the "old days".  It was the 1940s, Rita was in her 20s, and you would get a movie and a live orchestra for just 2/-6 in "old money".

The conversation deepened as the rain started outside; we talked about Sydney's picture halls and theatres, and settled on Rita's favourite, the Prince Edward theatre. She told us story after story of movies watched, ice creams eaten, what she wore, but couldn't recall which street it had been on, so we promised to find out when we got home.

The next day I caught up with Christine Yeats from State Records NSW and we got talking about underutilised archives in the collection and what should she pull out but "Archives in Brief 36 - Theatres and public halls". Strange how different streams collide! This collection offers some wonderful insights into the history of the stage and silver screen in Sydney, including registers of licences, inspections carried out by the Board of Fire Commissioners, seating plans and more.

It truly is amazing what your archives hold. The State Records NSW reading rooms are located at:

[1]  Western Sydney Records Centre. 143 O'Connell Street, Kingswood
[2]  Sydney Records Centre. 2 Globe Street, The Rocks, Sydney

How do I use the reading rooms? Find out at State Records NSW online or ask directly on 02 9673 1788. Happy reading and see you at the movies! Oh, and we found out that the Prince Edward was located between Castlereagh and Elizabeth Streets in the CBD!

Follow State Records NSW on twitter at @SRNSW and facebook at State Records NSW, we do and look forward to their updates.

State Theatre Sydney | Source: City of Sydney

Monday, June 13, 2011

2011 Australian Census

Got questions about the Australian Census? Like, when is it? 9th August.

We've got one for you. What's the best thing you've found in Australian census data? We'd love to hear your success stories. Comment below or email us, if you've got an essay to share :)

Here are answers to some frequently asked questions but for more information, follow @2011Census on twitter or 2011 Census Australia on facebook. Get involved!

Monday, June 6, 2011

Winter subscriptions get Issue # 1 FREE

Winter is here, with shorter days and longer chilly nights. Perfect for reading. Subscribe by the winter solstice, 22nd June 2011, and get Issue # 1 FREE to your door!

Simply go to the Inside History magazine website, subscribe for 6 or 12 months and you'll get an Issue # 1 for free. Don't forget that if you subscribe to Inside History, postage for Australian deliveries is also FREE! 

Questions? Call us on 02 9590 9600, we'd love to talk to you. Serving suggestion, consume Inside History magazine with tea and something sweet. Happy reading!

The Sun in Winter. Artist: Frey Micklethwait. Source: Museum Victoria.

On the day of Winter Solstice, Earth’s south pole is tilted away from the Sun. The Sun rises north of east, sets north of west and reaches 28 1/2° above the horizon at noon. This is, usually, the shortest day of the year.