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Sydney TAFE buildings historical photo

TAFE NSW Heritage Collection: History Week 2020


As part of History Week 2020 celebrations, TAFE NSW Ultimo Library highlighted ordinary people, their association with TAFE NSW and their contributions to their professions and disadvantaged sectors of society.

The images and research material used in the videos were sourced from the collections of the TAFE NSW Heritage Collection and Archives, digitised newspapers and gazettes from Trove online and the Museum of Applied Arts and Sciences.

Watch the online series of videos below or with extra features, access the record.

Mary Ellen Roberts

Judge Bob Bellear

Florence Violet McKenzie

Professor John Lester

Sydney Technical College crest: The motto is written in Latin and reads ‘Manu et mente’, which translates into English as ‘With hand and mind’.  This motto was the original motto of the Sydney Technical College which is also the motto of the University of New South Wales. The University of New South Wales was borne out of Sydney Technical College in the mid twentieth century at a time when during and after World War II there was a strong demand for higher education in technical skills. The coat of arms (depicting a lion and kangaroo) belongs to the state of New South Wales.