The Black Stump: Valuing the modernist heritage of the State Office Block

Demolished Sydney Talks

Constructed in 1964, the State Office Block was colloquially known as the ‘Black Stump’ until its demolition in 1997.

The milky, curved design of Aurora Place is the antithesis of the square ebonised building it replaced. Part of the 1960s postwar renewal and modernisation of the city, the State Office Block was, briefly, the tallest tower in Sydney, housing state departments, ministers and the premier in offices with premium harbour views.

Join us and our expert panel as we explore the challenges of conserving late-20th-century buildings, interrogate changing fashions and ask why we place value on some aspects of our built environment and not others. We will explore what might be our ‘future’ heritage and consider the idea of pride and shame in our built environment and how it shifts over time. 

Bookings essential

Book online or call the Box office: 1300 448 849

Individual talk price:
General $40
Concession $35
Members $30

Series ticket price (all five talks):
General $160
Concession $140
Member $120


When & Where

Sunday 2 April 2017 3PM–4.30PM

Museum of Sydney

Corner Phillip and Bridge Streets, Sydney, NSW 2000
Museum: 02 9251 5988