Important Notice: Farewell to the Newtown Project

This website will be decommissioned on 30 June 2021. The archival content will be progressively moved across to the City’s new Archives and History Resources catalogue.

No further content will be added to the Newtown Project, donations can still be made to the City Archives and, if accepted, they will form part of the new catalogue. Please contact the Archives Team for further information.

Welcome to the Newtown Project

This web site has been created by the City of Sydney Archives and various volunteers to bring together historical information about the Municipality of Newtown. We hope it will be of interest to researchers, local residents and all who have an interest in Newtown. Read more about the project team in the City of Sydney Archives or About Newtown itself.

What’s new…

Newtown Terraces

L’Avenue, now Warren Ball Avenue, date unknown. Donated by the Thruchly Family.

Funeral on King Street, [1925 or 1931] donated by Michele Lea

Funeral on King Street, [1925 or 1931] donated by Michele Lea

Faces of Australia Street

A selection of Zahn Pithers’ portraits of Australia Street residents

Humans of Newtown

Read Jo Wallaces’ blog stories about the many and varied identities that make up the rich tapestry of Newtown

The Naming of Newtown

Read Patrick Murphy’s article about John Webster and the naming of Newtown in the December 2014 Society of Australian Genealogists’ Journal, Descent

Links to Newtown Subdivision Maps


Check out a list of links drawn from the National Library’s subdivision map collection for the period 1841 through to  1907. Including estates such as Northwood, O’Connell Town, Kingston, Reiby House, Stanmore House,Thornby, Kingsbury, Kingston, Hansons Paddock, Mount Eagle, Kettle, Burren, Copeland’s Paddock, Yarraville, Linthorpe, Gowrie, Pines, Smith’s, Islington, Camden College McKechnie,  Camdenville, Holmwood, Goodsell’s, Bello Retiro, Lynton and Stanmore Road. Plus allotments at Newtown Chruch, St Peters Church, Newtown Railway Station, The Toll Bar, the late Fran. King’s properties, the late Dr Wardell’s properties and Judge Josephson’s grounds.

 Newtown Sesquicentenary Short film

See below the clip put together by the City of Sydney to celebrate the proclamation of Newtown Council

Where is Newtown?

See also our Maps section for historical maps and local government boundaries information.

Assessment and Rate Books

View selected extracts from the early Newtown Rate Books

A valuable historical and family history resource. 148-150_Wilson_Street_Newtown

Find out who the original owner or occupant of your Newtown property was.

To search see . . .

Local Council Info: Assessment Books
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