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Skiffs on Sydney Harbour

Two skiffs on Sydney Harbour, Sydney, Australia. The half plate negative depicts the bow of a sailing boat trailing a dinghy at center left. It has a two visible crew a seated woman and a man waving at the skiff at right.


This photo is part of the Australian National Maritime Museum’s William Hall collection. The Hall collection combines photographs from both William J Hall and his father William Frederick Hall - the latter of which is likely to have taken this image. 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 00013692


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Taken circa 1930