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Australia's Railroad Cafe

We hold tens of thousands of archival photos from the late 19th Century to the present, capturing life in New South Wales in much of its richness and diversity. The original formats of these images vary widely, from glass plates and lantern slides to 35mm negatives, colour transparencies and prints.

Our digitisation program aims to bring many of these ‘hidden’ images to light.

Photos on our website
Photo Investigator is the search tool on our website that gives you access to these images, including descriptive metadata. The application was designed in-house and links to our online catalogue, Archives Investigator.

Can you help us?
By uploading some of these images to Flickr we aim to highlight our photographic collection and hope that you might be able to join us in identifying unknown scenes, people and places by tagging and commenting on our photostream.

What else can you do with our images?
You can use our images for research and study purposes.

We are also happy for you to use our photos on your blog or website - all we ask is that you cite (and link to) them using the Digital ID number that is listed in the image description. This ensures visitors can get back to the original source. We'd love to see any State Records items you feature on your blog so please email us and include a link to your post.

If you wish to reproduce our images for other purposes please contact us. High res versions can also be purchased via Photo Investigator.

About State Records New South Wales
We are the NSW Government's archives and records management authority and ensure access to records which illuminate history, enrich the life of the community and support good and accountable government.

We have a reading room at Kingswood in in Western Sydney which is open to the public from 9am-5pm Monday to Friday and 10am-4pm on Saturday. Closed Sundays and Public Holidays. Researchers and family historians frequently visit the repository to view and research these archives.

We are also continually increasing online access to our archival collection with the addition of indexes on our website that allow you to search for the names of people and places found in our records. A family historian's delight!
Alma Public School - opening of new playground for infants department
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Central Station milk bar, 1946

Central Railway Station, Sydney - exterior of milk bar.Dated: 09/04/1946 .Digital ID: 17420_a014_a014000088 ( http://investigator.records.nsw.gov.au/asp/photosearch/search.asp?digitalid=17420_a014_a014000088&a... more

Railway Refreshment Room - Wynyard

Wynyard Railway Refreshment Room - interior of kitchen.Dated: 15 March 1946.Digital ID: 17420_a014_a014000107 ( http://investigator.records.nsw.gov.au/asp/photosearch/search.asp?digitalid=17420_a014_a014000107 ... more

Hunters Hill, Sydney

Houghtons' refreshment rooms at Hunters Hill .Dated: c.31/12/1908 .Digital ID: 18526_a024_000058 ( http://investigator.records.nsw.gov.au/asp/photosearch/search.asp?digitalid=18526_a024_000058&B1=Search ) .... more

Tea room

Unidentified Tea Room.Dated: No date.Digital ID: 4481_a026_000255 ( http://investigator.records.nsw.gov.au/asp/photosearch/search.asp?digitalid=4481_a026_000255&B1=Search ) .Rights: www.records.nsw.gov.au/a... more

Kiosk at Central Railway Station

Central Railway Station, Sydney - snack bar.Dated: 1920s.Digital ID: 17420_a014_a014000082 ( http://investigator.records.nsw.gov.au/asp/photosearch/photo.asp?17420_a014_a014000082 ) .Rights: www.records.nsw.gov... more

Alma Public School - opening of new playground for infants department

Title: Alma Public School - opening of new playground for infants department .Dated: month and year only 01/11/1927 .Digital ID: 15051_a047_000143 ( http://investigator.records.nsw.gov.au/asp/photosearch/photo.... more

Wynyard Railway Refreshment Room, 1936

Wynyard Railway Refreshment Room - interior of buffet.Dated: by 01/05/1936.Digital ID: 17420_a014_a014000103 ( http://investigator.records.nsw.gov.au/asp/photosearch/photo.asp?17420_a014_a014000103 ) .Rights: w... more

Chullora Railway Canteen - meal time in the dining room

Title: Chullora Railway Canteen - meal time in the dining room.Dated: 10/05/1944 .Digital ID: 17420_a014_a014000032 ( http://investigator.records.nsw.gov.au/asp/photosearch/photo.asp?17420_a014_a014000032 ) .Se... more

Chullora Railway Canteen - patrons paying at the cash register

Title: Chullora Railway Canteen - patrons paying at the cash register.Dated: 10/05/1944 .Digital ID: 17420_a014_a014000033 ( http://investigator.records.nsw.gov.au/asp/photosearch/photo.asp?17420_a014_a01400003... more

Chullora Railway Canteen - dining room

Title:Chullora Railway Canteen - dining room.Dated: 10/05/1944 .Digital ID: 17420_a014_a014000034 ( http://investigator.records.nsw.gov.au/asp/photosearch/photo.asp?17420_a014_a014000034 ) .Series: NRS 17420 ( ... more

Aircraft factory, Chullora, canteen

Title: Aircraft factory, Chullora, canteen.Dated: c. 01/01/1945 .Digital ID: 17420_a014_a014001270 ( http://investigator.records.nsw.gov.au/asp/photosearch/photo.asp?17420_a014_a014001270 ) .Rights: No known co... more

Service with a smile, 1946

Central Railway Station, Sydney - interior of milk bar showing staff.Dated: 09/04/1946 .Digital ID: 17420_a014_a014000087 ( http://investigator.records.nsw.gov.au/asp/photosearch/search.asp?digitalid=17420_a014... more

Dining room at Wynyard Station, 1946

Wynyard Railway Refreshment Room - interior of Grill Room showing dining tables.Dated: 15/03/1946.Digital ID: 17420_a014_a014000104 ( http://investigator.records.nsw.gov.au/asp/photosearch/search.asp?digitalid=... more

Railway Refreshment Room - Wynyard

Wynyard Railway Refreshment Room - interior of Grill Room showing dining tables.Dated: 11 April 1946.Digital ID: 17420_a014_a014000106 ( http://investigator.records.nsw.gov.au/asp/photosearch/search.asp?digital... more

Refreshment room - Taree

Taree Railway Refreshment Room - interior showing staff behind counter.Dated: 12 July 1947.Digital ID: 17420_a014_a014000102 ( http://investigator.records.nsw.gov.au/asp/photosearch/search.asp?digitalid=17420_a... more

Railway Refreshment Room - Kemspey

Kempsey Railway Refreshment Room - bar area.Dated: 10 July 1947.Digital ID: 17420_a014_a014000070 ( http://investigator.records.nsw.gov.au/asp/photosearch/search.asp?digitalid=17420_a014_a014000070 ) .Rights: w... more

Crowd at the Coffs Harbour Railway Refreshment Room, 1947

Coffs Harbour Railway Refreshment Room - crowd entering dining room.Dated: 09/07/1947.Digital ID: 17420_a014_a014000041 ( http://investigator.records.nsw.gov.au/asp/photosearch/search.asp?digitalid=17420_a014_a... more

Bathurst Railway Refreshment Room - interior

Title: Bathurst Railway Refreshment Room - interior.Dated: 15/07/1947 .Digital ID: 17420_a014_a014000003 ( http://investigator.records.nsw.gov.au/asp/photosearch/photo.asp?17420_a014_a014000003 ) .Rights: www.r... more

Bathurst Railway Refreshment Room - interior

Title: Bathurst Railway Refreshment Room - interior.Dated: 15/07/1947 .Digital ID: 17420_a014_a014000004 ( http://investigator.records.nsw.gov.au/asp/photosearch/photo.asp?17420_a014_a014000004 ) .Rights: www.r... more

Railway refreshment room - Orange

Orange Railway Refreshment Room - interior showing staff behind counter.Dated: 16/07/1947 .Digital ID: 17420_a014_a014000079 ( http://investigator.records.nsw.gov.au/asp/photosearch/search.asp?digitalid=17420_a... more

On board the 'Silver City Comet'

Interior of railway carriage showing Buffet serving area on the 'Silver City Comet'.Dated: No date.Digital ID: a014_a014000872 ( http://investigator.records.nsw.gov.au/asp/photosearch/search.asp?digitalid=a014_... more

Railway Refreshment Room - Newcastle

Newcastle Railway Refreshment Room - interior showing staff behind counter .Dated: 26 August 1947.Digital ID: 17420_a014_a014000077 ( http://investigator.records.nsw.gov.au/asp/photosearch/search.asp?digitalid=... more

Coffs Harbour Railway Refreshment Room, 1947

Coffs Harbour Railway Refreshment Room - kitchen area.Dated: 09/07/1947.Digital ID: 17420_a014_a014000038 ( http://investigator.records.nsw.gov.au/asp/photosearch/search.asp?digitalid=17420_a014_a014000038&... more

Orange Railway Refreshment Room, 1947

Orange Railway Refreshment Room - interior showing staff behind counter.Dated: 16/07/1947.Digital ID: 17420_a014_a014000079 ( http://investigator.records.nsw.gov.au/asp/photosearch/photo.asp?17420_a014_a0140000... more

Railway refreshment room - Cootamundra

Cootamundra Railway Refreshment Room - staff.Dated: 23/09/1948.Digital ID: 17420_a014_a014000046 ( http://investigator.records.nsw.gov.au/asp/photosearch/search.asp?digitalid=17420_a014_a014000046&B1=Search... more

Mobile buffet service - Sydney

Central Railway Station, Sydney - mobile buffet service.Dated: 28 July 1948.Digital ID: 17420_a014_a014000092 ( http://investigator.records.nsw.gov.au/asp/photosearch/search.asp?digitalid=17420_a014_a014000092&... more

Cafe on wheels, 1948

Central Railway Station, Sydney - mobile buffet service.Dated: 28/07/1948.Digital ID: 17420_a014_a014000093 ( http://investigator.records.nsw.gov.au/asp/photosearch/search.asp?digitalid=17420_a014_a014000093&am... more

Railway Refreshment Room - Tamworth

Tamworth Railway Refreshment Room - interior showing counter and dining tables..Dated: 17 March 1949.Digital ID: 17420_a014_a014000100 ( http://investigator.records.nsw.gov.au/asp/photosearch/search.asp?digital... more

Central Railway Station Cafeteria

Central Railway Station, Sydney - interior of cafeteria.Dated: No date.Digital ID: 17420_a014_a014000091 ( http://investigator.records.nsw.gov.au/asp/photosearch/search.asp?digitalid=17420_a014_a014000091 ) .Ri... more

Junee Railway Refreshment Room - showing section of counter

Title: Junee Railway Refreshment Room - showing section of counter.Dated: 13/04/1950 .Digital ID: 17420_a014_a014000064 ( http://investigator.records.nsw.gov.au/asp/photosearch/photo.asp?17420_a014_a014000064 )... more

Central Railway Station, Sydney - fruit and pastry stands

Title: Central Railway Station, Sydney - fruit and pastry stands.Dated: No date.Digital ID: 17420_a014_a014000084 ( http://investigator.records.nsw.gov.au/asp/photosearch/photo.asp?17420_a014_a014000084 ) .Righ... more

Refreshment room - Narrabri

Narrabri Railway Refreshment Room - interior showing staff behind counter.Dated: 19/07/1951 .Digital ID: 17420_a014_a014000075 ( http://investigator.records.nsw.gov.au/asp/photosearch/search.asp?digitalid=17420... more

Dining on the 'Southern Aurora'

Interior of railway carriage showing dining car on the 'Southern Aurora'.Dated: 1962.Digital ID: a014_a014000878 ( http://investigator.records.nsw.gov.au/asp/photosearch/search.asp?digitalid=a014_a014000878&amp... more