The City of Sydney has digitised the Bernard Smith Collection of photographs of Glebe. The collection of about five hundred images catalogues Glebe’s built environment ca 1970. The photographs can be viewed on the City of Sydney website. Those who are lucky enough to own a copy of the Smiths’ book The Architectural Character of Glebe, may recognise some of the images, but many will be new.

Previously the photographs had been held at Glebe Library but in slide form which left them largely inaccessible. We are grateful to the City of Sydney for this digitisation project and for ‘liberating’ these precious images.

One of the images from the Bernard Smith Collection: Mitchell and Westmoreland St Glebe. Children playing with bikes in street. (image: Bernard Smith Collection, City of Sydney Archives)
One of the images from the Bernard Smith Collection: Mitchell and Westmoreland St Glebe. Children playing with bikes in street. (image: Bernard Smith Collection, City of Sydney Archives)

To see images from the collection, follow these instructions:

Step1: Go to: http://photosau.com.au/cos/scripts/home.asp;
Step 2: Type into the search box: Bernard Smith Collection;
Step 3: In the section called ‘search options’ (underneath the search box), select the option: ‘the exact phrase’;
Step 4: Then press the ‘Search’ button.

You will then see thumbnails of images in the Bernard Smith Collection which you can click on to see a bigger image.

Please drop us a line if you find your house in one of Bernard Smith’s photos!