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Image 'Darling Harbour', 1884-1917

TLF ID M000804

This full plate glass negative entitled 'Darling Harbour' was taken by Sydney photographic studio Kerry and Co at some stage between 1884 and 1917. The silver gelatin dry plate glass negative in landscape format depicts boats moored in Darling Harbour and rail infrastructure. The caption, studio number and studio mark are inscribed on the reverse of the negative.

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Educational value
  • Every city needs well-designed infrastructure that allows for the easy flow of materials, goods and people.
  • In the late 1800s, Sydney's Darling Harbour was central to the distribution of goods and materials around the country. It was a transport hub where rail, ships and horsedrawn vehicles came together. Coal and wool were brought there by rail for export. By 1905, the harbour also had a gasworks and two coal-fired power stations that produced electricity and hydraulic power for the city's lifts and wool presses.
  • This photographic negative was published by the Sydney firm Charles Kerry¬†and Co. Although a few of the Kerry studio negatives in the Powerhouse Museum's collection appear to be from the 1880s, most were produced between 1892 and 1917. Over this period, and well into the early 20th century, prints from these negatives appeared in many Australian publications and albums of views. In 1903, the company began producing postcards from these negatives, further establishing the images as some of the most significant and best-known early views of New South Wales.
Topics Harbours

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  • Contributor
  • Name: Powerhouse Museum
  • Organization: Powerhouse Museum
  • Description: Content provider
  • Address: NSW, AUSTRALIA
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  • Name: Kerry and Co
  • Organization: Kerry and Co
  • Description: author
  • Resource metadata contributed by
  • Name: Education Services Australia Ltd
  • Organisation: Education Services Australia Ltd
  • Address: AUSTRALIA
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