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Coxed fours racing before a large crowd, Sydney

Nitrate negative taken by William James hall of coxed rowing fours racing in Sydney, possible on the Parramatta River. The scene depicts spectator craft in the middle distance and large crowds on the shore.


This photo is part of the Australian National Maritime Museum’s William J Hall collection. The Hall collection combines photographs from both William J Hall and his father William F Hall. The images provide an important pictorial record of recreational boating in Sydney Harbour, from the 1890s to the 1930s – from large racing and cruising yachts, to the many and varied skiffs jostling on the harbour, to the new phenomenon of motor boating in the early twentieth century. The collection also includes studio portraits and images of the many spectators and crowds who followed the sailing races.


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Object number 00013752

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Taken on September 23, 2010