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Lost and Found: Stories from the City of Sydney Archives

Customs House
Customs House
31 Alfred Street, Sydney NSW 2000
Level 2 Meeting Room

Friday 28 April 2023 from 1pm to 2pm Thursday 4 May 2023 from 5:30pm to 6:30pm

First session is at Customs House. Second session is an online webinar.

Janet Villata and Dominique Novak D’Hennin from the City of Sydney Archives will share 3 stories of Sydney’s past that they discovered using the online Archives & History Resources catalogue.

One story relates to a lost person, one to a business lost in dramatic circumstances and one to a ‘lost’ building that was planned but never realised.

Janet and Dominique will also introduce you to the catalogue which contains over 1 million items about the City of Sydney. Access documents, photographs, maps and plans from as early as 1842 and see what discoveries you can make about Sydney, its people, streets and spaces.

This event celebrates the Australian Heritage Festival 2023.


Janet Villata is the City Archivist at the City of Sydney. She leads a team of 5 and a volunteer workforce of 35. She was part of the project team that developed the catalogue, introduced in 2020, which helped transform access to the City of Sydney Archives.

Dominique Novak D’Hennin works part time as an archivist at both the City of Sydney Archives and a school archives. She is also an experienced teacher and lecturer.

Session 1: 1-2pm Friday 28 April, in-person at Lvl 2 Meeting Room, Customs House (SOLD OUT)

Session 2: 5:30-6:30pm Thursday 4 May, online webinar. Book here.

Please note, the same content will be covered in each session.

We aim to deliver inclusive and accessible events. If you have any particular access or communication needs please contact City of Sydney on 02 9265 9333 (choose option 3) Monday-Saturday 10am-6pm or

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