Map Series

    City of Sydney – Building Surveyor’s Detail Sheets, 1949-1972

    27 maps
    Sheet 1 - Jones Bay Download
    Sheet 2 - Sydney Cove Download
    Sheet 3 - Farm Cove Download
    Sheet 4 - Glebe Point Download
    Sheet 5 - Pyrmont Download
    Sheet 6 - CBD Download
    Sheet 7 - Sydney East Download
    Sheet 8 - Harold Park Download
    Sheet 9 - Glebe Download
    Sheet 10 - Central Download
    Sheet 11 - Paddington Download
    Sheet 12 - Paddington East Download
    Sheet 13 - Camperdown Download
    Sheet 14 - University Download
    Sheet 15 - Surry Hills Download
    Sheet 16 - Moore Park Download
    Sheet 17 - Hargrave St Download
    Sheet 18 - Newtown Download
    Sheet 19 - Erskineville Download
    Sheet 20 - Waterloo Download
    Sheet 21 - Centennial Park Download
    Sheet 22 - St Peters Download
    Sheet 23 - Alexandria Download
    Sheet 24 - Zetland Download
    Sheet 25 - Sheas Creek Download
    Sheet 26 - Gardiners Rd Download
    Sheet 27 - Rosebery Download

    City of Sydney – Building Surveyor’s Detail Sheets, 1949-1972

    On 1 January 1949 the boundaries of the City of Sydney expanded to take in the neighbouring municipal councils of Glebe, Darlington, Newtown, Erskineville, Alexandria, Waterloo, Redfern and Paddington. This expansion took place in accordance with provisions in the Local Government (Areas) Act 1948. To effectively manage the enlarged area, and also to come to grips with new town planning responsibilities given to local government after 1945, the City of Sydney embarked on a project to make a detailed map of the whole area within the new boundaries. The City commissioned an aerial photogrammetric survey, which was flown on 15 December 1949 at 4800 feet by Adastra Photography. Using the aerial photographs as a basis, the staff of the City Building Surveyor’s department prepared a set of 27 detail sheets, plus a master sheet. Work was completed by about 1955. The detail sheets were regarded as a working document rather than a definitive plan of the City at a moment in time. As details on the ground changed, the corresponding detail sheet was redrawn to reflect this. Changes of land use, road realignments and new features were filled in, and previous details erased from the map. This process largely continued until the early 1970s. The result of this process is that the detail sheets, completed during the years 1949-1955, in fact show the City as it was by about 1949-1972.