On 10th October 2011, the Royal Australian Historical Society received a donation of six albums containing over 320 photographs from the early 1920s to the late 1930s. The collection captures a bustling city of Sydney in this period and surrounding regions. The collection arrived at History House with a brief handwritten note, and prior communication from its donors, Lyle and Jennie Osborne, provided a glimpse into its recent history – the collection was stored by Lyle and Jennie in their home and remained there for over twenty years. The identity of the photographer remains unknown.
The Royal Australian Historical Society is proud to be able to provide a permanent home for this collection and is grateful to the City of Sydney, the City of Sydney Historical Association, the Dictionary of Sydney, Inside History magazine, and the Professional Historians Association NSW & ACT for their support during the completion of this project.
Read more about the Osborne Collection in the article ‘A Gift of Opportunity’, which appeared in the September 2014 issue of History magazine.