Pyrmont Bridge

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Format: Glass plate negative.

Rights Info: No known restrictions on publication.

Repository: Tyrrell Photographic Collection, Powerhouse Museum otographic

Part Of: Powerhouse Museum Collection

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Acquisition credit line: Gift of Australian Consolidated Press under the Taxation Incentives for the Arts Scheme, 1985

  1. beachcomberaustralia 71 months ago | reply

    Wonderful, wonderful picture. I love it.

    GPO clock says 16:05 (five past four in the afternoon).
    Was this rush hour on Pyrmont Bridge, or just a jam caused by the swing bridge being opened recently to let a ship through? Probably the latter, as the traffic is thinner towards Market Street.

    The Shellbourne Hotel (see note on the right side) shows up on Google street view with a conveniently large sign saying it was built in 1902. So this photo is post 1902.

  2. beachcomberaustralia 71 months ago | reply

    The bridge was opened for traffic on 28 June 1902.

  3. beachcomberaustralia 67 months ago | reply

    Henry Bull building 1904 - see note.

    Also Sydney City website dates this picture as 1904? Their picture is missing the GPO clock (16:05) -

  4. stonestacy4 67 months ago | reply

    But where's the monorail?

  5. beachcomberaustralia 67 months ago | reply

    The "Blockboy" or "sparrow starver" (see note at right) - was a vital part of the city's infrastructure. He is a bit cropped out on the City of Sydney's version. See -

  6. Andrey Timofeev 37 months ago | reply

    Wow O_______O
    Beautiful picture!

  7. quasymody 13 months ago | reply 'The Man Who Swings the Bridge', Sunday Times, December 1920!

  8. beachcomberaustralia 13 months ago | reply

    Good find! I always liked the bridge-swinger's house.

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