Happy Commonsversary to the State Library of New South Wales!

Posted by zyrcster in News

One year ago, on 29 September 2008, the State Library of New South Wales entered The Commons on Flickr!

The State Library of New South Wales’ major subject strengths are Australian history, culture and literature, including Aboriginal studies, Antarctic exploration, family history and genealogy, business and management, social sciences, applied science, biography, health and law.

It’s more than fitting to start the celebration with the Library’s very own Happy Birthday set, featuring the amazing photography of Sam Hood. Children's birthday party at the home of Mrs Lucy Jane Moran, Todman Ave, Kensington, Sydney, 1930's / Sam Hood
Happy Birthday
They opened their collection with a series of images of libraries of yore in NSW,

to provide ideas and inspiration for New South Wales public library staff who are planning changes to their libraries. These images will help with plans for renovations and rebuilding.

Art Gallery of New South Wales [set for a patriotic concert], October 1942 / Sam Hood
Libraries, galleries and museums
Possibly one of their most recognized Commons images are from the set Bondi Jitterbug: George Caddy and his Camera. This photo was taken by Ted Hood, Sam’s son. Mr J Prentice and Miss J Howat doing acrobatics, Bondi Beach, Jan 1935 / by Ted Hood
Bondi Jitterbug
These iconic Sam Hood images are of the Sydney Harbour Bridge, the world’s largest steel arch bridge. Riggers riveting the red-hot rivets on the lower outside south chord, Sydney Harbour Bridge, 1930-1931 / Sam Hood
Sydney Harbour Bridge
The Library also has an extensive collection of children in their catalog – especially this heartbreaker from the Depression. Schoolchildren line up for free issue of soup and a slice of bread in the Depression, Belmore North Public School, Sydney, 2 August 1934 / Sam Hood
Australian children
An absolute must is their historic Antarctic exploration series of images. Wreck of the 'Gratitude', Macquarie Island, 1911
First Australasian Antarctic Expedition (1911-1914)
And you know, they also have some of the cutest animal photos to be found in the Commons. Got milk? Milky Way (dairy) exhibition, Sydney Town Hall, 12 August 1955 / Ern McQuillan
Pets and other animals

We’ve barely touched the surface of their impressive collection, so hop over and join in the fun by tagging, commenting, and researching their collection! They’ve over 1,000,000 views on their ~500 photos, which is pretty darned impressive, and we look forward to seeing what their second year in the Commons brings them.

Hip Hip Hoorah and Happy Commonsversary to the State Library of New South Wales!

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One Response to “Happy Commonsversary to the State Library of New South Wales!”

  1. Ellen Says:

    Thank you very much for wishing our collection a Happy Commonsversary.

    The public library photographs can actually be viewed in a separate Flickr account at

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