Palmer's Mystery Hike No. 1

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    Format: Glass plate negative.

    Rights Info: No known restrictions on publication.

    Repository: Thomas Lennon Photographic Collection, Powerhouse Museum Photographic

    Part Of: Powerhouse Museum Collection

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    J_CH*, Ms. Bijou, lukasbenc, and 42 other people added this photo to their favorites.

    1. designgallery 71 months ago | reply

      Hi, I'm an admin for a group called Australia in Black & White, and we'd love to have this added to the group!

    2. onk_777 69 months ago | reply

      That's great pic... it's so classic

    3. albert3801 67 months ago | reply

      Can anyone identify the station?

    4. Enric Martinez 60 months ago | reply

      What does it represent? From the little what I have been able to find out is that people gathered for some sort of wandering or picnic or similar. Here 'mystery' can man that they took a train at random.

    5. Julia Manzerova 59 months ago | reply

      they are all smiling :)

    6. Enric Martinez 59 months ago | reply

      @Julia: Considering that they where on a joy ride and having fun it's rather what you would expect from them.

    7. cheeksta_lee 53 months ago | reply

      From where do you get all these pictures? They are great

    8. 39 months ago | reply

      Molto bella quest'immagine

    9. mich_sydney_2007 38 months ago | reply

      It can't have been much of a mystery if they all knew where to go. They probably hired a special train to take them to a mystery destination for their hike.

    10. quasymody 38 months ago | reply

      See the PHM's description attached to the purl above, which indicates that this pic was taken at Waterfall Station; also see my comment attached to this pic - ; Supposedly when the hikers arrived at Central Station, the destination was unknown. The hikes were highly organised events, involving special trains (ie. not the usual commuter trains). In the cash-strapped Depression years, the hikes were evidently a cheap day's outing, and they were encouraged by the authorities who regarded the outings as healthy and honest fun for young men and women. There's quite a bit of info on the mystery hikes if you search the National Library of Australia digitised newspapers.

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