The Photograph and Australia: NSW Government Printer

NSW Government Printer / The General Post Office, Sydney 1892-1900 / Albumen photograph / State Library of New South Wales, Sydney, presented 1969

The New South Wales Government Printing Office was founded in 1840 to print promotional and documentary images for state parliament, government departments and other organisations. A photographic studio was added in 1860 and the first photographs produced were intended to advertise the progress of the colony, focusing largely on public buildings and local scenery. By 1889 the photographic department had a staff of twenty-one.

The General Post Office, Sydney is on display with over 650 historical and modern works until 11 October in ‘The Photograph and Australia’ exhibition.