View of Sydney (from The Rocks)

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View of Sydney (from The Rocks)

View from The Rocks looking south towards Sydney
Dated: 1904(Time: 14:10)
Digital ID: 4481_a026_000475
Rights: www.records.nsw.gov.au/about-us/rights-and-permissions

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Wedding at Stanthorpe’s Presbyterian Church, December 1872

Photographer: William Boag

Location: Stanthorpe, Queensland, Australia

Description: The groom was Robert Mungall, the proprietor of a local drapery called ‘The Working Man’s Friend’ and his bride was the former Miss Jean Farrier Matthews. Although an early union, this was not the town’s first wedding. That event had taken place a few months earlier, when a young woman who worked behind the bar at Farley’s hotel, ‘threw in her lot with a lucky tin selector’.

View this image at the State Library of Queensland: hdl.handle.net/10462/deriv/9315
Information about State Library of Queensland’s collection: pictureqld.slq.qld.gov.au/

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77 Responses to “View of Sydney (from The Rocks)”

  • State Records NSW says:

    [http://www.flickr.com/photos/pellethepoet] Amazing stuff – insomnia can prove quite productive it seems! Great to know who the photgrapher probably was and even where it was taken from!
    -AG

  • Don Shearman says:

    [http://www.flickr.com/photos/pellethepoet] Brilliant work!! from the look of this we’re still looking for probably 3 more negatives. Its an impressive piece of stitching of the prints for 1904. Would be great to get a modern version of the panorama and see the changes.

  • pellethepoet says:

    Examining the George Bell panorama closely, it uses the following pieces of the jigsaw –
    …………. [1] ………….Walsh Bay looking west towards Goat Island, SydneyPort Jackson looking north toward Blues Point and McMahons Point, Sydney…………. [4] ………….View from the southern side of Sydney HarbourView of Sydney Harbour from Dawes PointView from Circular Quay across Sydney…………. [8] …………Darlinghurst looking west towards SydneyAcross The Rocks looking west towards Observatory Hill

    The following jigsaw pieces weren’t used in George Bell’s panorama –
    …………. [1] ………….View of Sydney HarbourView of Sydney HarbourView from Observatory Hill, Sydney…………. [5] …………. …………. [6] …………. …………. [7] …………. …………. [8] ………….View of Sydney (from The Rocks)View of The Rocks looking west

    And the remaining piece, along with the one I found in the book, appear to be wildcards –
    Missing fragment of the View from George Street across Circular Quay, Sydney

  • Don Shearman says:

    [http://www.flickr.com/photos/pellethepoet] Taking a closer look at the first of your "Wildcards" I’m fairly sure that it is part of (1) of the George Bell panorama. The vessel moored at Walsh Bay just to the left of the warehouse appears to be the same as the one in the wildcard and the stern of the vessel at the extreme left of the Walsh Bay photo matches the stern of the 3 master in the missing fragment.
    It looks to be the same vessel at the left of the warehouse in both panoramas, although the funnel is shorter in the Bell photo (and in the wildcard) than the other panorama. Perhaps she was in for a refit as there are obvious differences between the two photos for the next wharf to the right and the one at the extreme left suggesting a few days difference between the two sets.
    If you flick quickly between the two photo (2)s there is a slight parallax difference as well, presumably caused by different height tripods. Might help identify the other wildcard as one of the two panoramas.

  • quasymody says:

    [http://www.flickr.com/photos/pellethepoet] – Pics 3, 5, 7 and [8] even made it into the Australian Town & Country Journal in June 1904 – nla.gov.au/nla.news-article71511066 ; trove.nla.gov.au/ndp/del/page/5704086?zoomLevel=1

  • pellethepoet says:

    [http://www.flickr.com/photos/51979177@N02] That’s a brilliant find. I hadn’t thought to search the old newspapers for this panorama series. I can safely say beachcomber will be particularly impressed. I note that the article credits the panorama to the Public Works Department, which would indicate George Bell was a PWD photographer, and would explain the glass negatives being in the State Records collection.

  • pellethepoet says:

    [http://www.flickr.com/photos/state-records-nsw] I wonder, is this the first State Records image to have gone to 2 pages of comments? …

  • beachcomberaustralia says:

    [http://www.flickr.com/photos/51979177@N02] [http://www.flickr.com/photos/pellethepoet] [particularly impressed!] So latest date of this series is June 1904.

  • State Records NSW says:

    [http://www.flickr.com/photos/51979177@N02] That is a briliant find!
    [http://www.flickr.com/photos/pellethepoet] Yep – as far as I know 2 pages of comments is a first for a State Records image! Perhaps a morning tea is called for by way of celebration (any exucse to break out the tim tams)!
    -AG

  • quasymody says:

    [http://www.flickr.com/photos/pellethepoet] [http://www.flickr.com/photos/beachcomberaustralia]
    …I’ve just been looking at a few microfilm reels…If you check out the Sydney Mail, 27 January, 1904, pp.224-225, you discover it includes a fascinating article titled ‘Some Sydney Views: From a New Vantage Point’. It includes several pics which were evidently taken from the Dawes Point chimney…presumably not long before the article appeared…one of the pics is a ?version of pic 7, but taken maybe 30 seconds later…it shows the two ferries now abreast of each other…another pic appears to be the first of the wildcards indicated above…there are also two other pics which might/might not be missing pieces of puzzle…this Sydney Mail article is also interesting for the background it gives on how the photographers were hauled up the chimney! I can’t work out how to link to the actual pages on Google News Archive…so if either of you guys can do this it would be great…maybe link the article to the individual pics as well if this is possible.

  • uminarampart says:

    great stuff, atleast we know how high the photo was taken from, 200ft!

  • quasymody says:

    These Sydney Mail pics thicken the plot a bit…for starters they require us to revise the date…well for some of the pics at least…just going on the Sydney Mail article you’d think the pics that appeared in the SM would have been taken in late 1903 or early 1904…then, the SM pic looking towards Blue’s Point and McMahon’s Point appears to have been taken on a different day to the other pics in the puzzle (above)…it’s also odd how one pic turns up in the Sydney Mail where it is presented as the work of a SM photographer(s), whilst another pic taken from the same location 30 seconds or so earlier turns up in the T&CJ some 5 months later and is attributed to the Public Works Dept…should we believe what we read in the newspapers…was there more than one photographer…are we looking at same photographer same day…different photographers same day…same photographer different days…different photographers different days?

  • pellethepoet says:

    [http://www.flickr.com/photos/51979177@N02] An absolutely stunning find!

    I think you may have been browsing in full screen mode? If you go back to normal mode, you will see an option to ‘link to article’. Then click on the headline of the article you want to link to, and a link code will be generated to copy. – news.google.com/newspapers?id=7mxVAAAAIBAJ&sjid=UpUDA…

  • quasymody says:

    [http://www.flickr.com/photos/pellethepoet] Thanks for this!

  • pellethepoet says:

    [http://www.flickr.com/photos/51979177@N02] And yes, the more we discover the more questions need to be answered. Isn’t it always the way?

  • beachcomberaustralia says:

    [http://www.flickr.com/photos/51979177@N02] [http://www.flickr.com/photos/pellethepoet] This wonderful Sydney Mail article of 27/01/1904 (see link above) names the three liners at East Circular Quay as (left to right) RMS ‘China’ (P&O), FMS ‘Dunbea’ (Messageries Maritimes), and the RMS ‘Ormuz’ (Orient Line). The ‘Dunbea’ and ‘Ormuz’ were around Sydney in late January 1904, but as far as I can work out from Trove, the ‘China’ was half way to England. It may be a mistake … I was hoping to find a date when all three liners were at Circular Quay together (at 14:10 o’clock!).

  • quasymody says:

    [http://www.flickr.com/photos/beachcomberaustralia] Those ships are a real puzzle!…

    …and if you thought it was safe to go back into the water…well check this out…’More New Views of Sydney’ from the SM 24/2/04…- news.google.com/newspapers?id=8mxVAAAAIBAJ&sjid=UpUDA… ; The pic on the second page appears to have been taken at about the same time as this one – http://www.flickr.com/photos/powerhouse_museum/2363510276/

    I wonder whether the Powerhouse Museum or the Macleay Museum at Sydney Uni (which also has a collection of Kerry negatives) might have more Kerry & Co pics taken from the Dawes Point chimney…it would be odd if the PHM only had the one pic

  • quasymody says:

    That ship http://www.flickr.com/photos/state-records-nsw/5352424755/in/pho... really does look like R.M.S. China…which per the shipping intelligence left Sydney on 12/12/1903 and arrived at Plymouth on 22/1/1904…I just wonder though…check out this pic of the China from the SLV – http://www.slv.vic.gov.au/pictoria/gid/slv-pic-aab62438/1/b20366 ; …compare the funnels…the tops are slightly different…and that front mast is in a different location…maybe just minor modifications…note that the China underwent a major refit in ca. 1898-1900…it’s possible that the SLV pic predates the refit…here’s an 1897 sketch, again showing that front mast above the bridge… nla.gov.au/nla.news-article34571643 ; here’s a pic taken in Sydney in 1902…again the slightly different funnels… – nla.gov.au/nla.news-article71519882

  • beachcomberaustralia says:

    [http://www.flickr.com/photos/51979177@N02] Good luck with trying to identify old ships! – it gets totally confusing with re-arranged rigging, shortened funnels, re-paints etc. Hence the over abundance of SS ‘Orient’ photos id’d by me on the PhM photos.

    An interesting red herring – Arthur Streeton painted "The Three Liners, Circular Quay" in 1893 (NGA), ten years before these photographs – artsearch.nga.gov.au/Detail-LRG.cfm?IRN=46595

  • quasymody says:

    Here’s a few pics of RMS China from the SLNSW…no dates of course – acms.sl.nsw.gov.au/album/albumView.aspx?acmsID=447623&amp…

  • quasymody says:

    [http://www.flickr.com/photos/state-records-nsw] Is it possible to get a higher resolution version of this pic? http://www.flickr.com/photos/state-records-nsw/5352424755/ …I’m trying to establish that this isn’t RMS China and that the the reference to RMS China in the Sydney Mail report (above) must have been mistaken…which the shipping intelligence suggests.

  • beachcomberaustralia says:

    See new comments at pic 6 – the MOLDAVIA (?) and 7 (departure dates). It seems all three ships were there between 27-30 January 1904. Too tight a squeeze to get the photos into the Sydney Mail of 27/1/1901 ?? Hmmm …

  • pellethepoet says:

    [http://www.flickr.com/photos/beachcomberaustralia] That would be a back to the future squeeze! I think you meant "27/1/1904" 🙂

  • beachcomberaustralia says:

    [http://www.flickr.com/photos/pellethepoet] Ha! Thank you – glad someone is paying attention.

    [http://www.flickr.com/photos/51979177@N02] has identified the ZIETEN as the nearest ship, at Circular Quay west from 17-30 Jan. See pic 7 comments. Discounting the MOLDAVIA gives us 19-30 January as possible dates.

  • pellethepoet says:

    Look what I saw over my Eggs Benedict this morning –
    George Bell, the Herald's first full-time photographer, on assignment with horse and camera in 1910
    – on the back page of the Sydney Morning Herald, Monday 25 June [eek!] February 2013.

    See also: blogs.smh.com.au/photographers/archives/2007/01/todays_ca…

    OBITUARY. MR. GEORGE BELL. The Sydney Morning Herald, Saturday 24 October 1925, p. 16. – trove.nla.gov.au/ndp/del/article/16250579

  • beachcomberaustralia says:

    [http://www.flickr.com/photos/pellethepoet] Good find! Please send me the Lottery results for the previous week in June 2013 !!

  • Creativity Corner says:

    This collection is an outstanding walk through history! Many thanks to its contributors!! Peg

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