Customs House, Circular Quay, Sydney

Format: Glass plate negative.


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Repository: Tyrrell Photographic Collection, Powerhouse Museum


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

  • BobMeade 7y

    Comparison photograph taken in July 2008 shown here:

    Customs House, Circular Quay, Sydney . Tyrell Today by BobMeade
  • beachcomberaustralia 6y

    Post renovations / additions. c.1903+
    Customs House, Sydney c.1900 by State Records NSW
  • quasymody 3y

    Colonial Sugar Refining Co building, completed ca. mid 1905 - see comments at -
    Colonial Sugar Co offices by Powerhouse Museum Collection

    Pitt, Son & Badgery building, O'Connell St...I'd say that in this pic we're looking at the new 5 story PSB building which was evidently completed in ca. August 1909 - ; the building contract had been signed in December 1907 -

    If this item on NSW police uniforms is correct...just going on the pics, it looks like the policeman we see in this pic is wearing a 1911-1918 uniform -

    The New Zealand Loan & Mercantile Agency building, cnr of Bridge and Loftus Sts, was erected in comments here -
    Exchange Corner, Bridge Street, Sydney by Powerhouse Museum Collection

    It's difficult to tell were the crane is located...maybe a construction site on the other side of the NZ Loan & Mercantile Agency building?...a good candidate...maybe the only candidate...would be the Education Department Building in Bridge St...the initial part of which I gather was built in ?ca. 1912-1914...

    All up, I'd say we're looking at ca. 1912-1914...a date range which is consistent with the confident striding unchaperoned woman carrying the's summer...the shadows are short...the wool clip has started arriving in town...
  • beachcomberaustralia 3y

    quasymody Yes, it is much later than you would first think. I was trying to find a motor car ... !
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Taken circa 1900
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