Now for a more urban based What’s the bigger picture?
Any clues as to where this photo might have been taken?
What clues can you find to date this image showing the view of Bare Island from La Perouse across Botany Bay to Kurnell?
Can you date this photograph?
The end of year concert, the annual school play or maybe even the school musical!
All schools have their plays and pageants giving students an insight into the drama and excitement of life on the stage!
Do these images from NRS 15051 Schools Photographs bring back any memories of productions at your school?
See more photos from NRS 15051 on Photo Investigator.
A large ongoing digitisation project currently underway here at State Records is the digitisation of Surveyors’ sketch books.
These tracings and sketches date from as early as 1828 and were done for the Office of the Surveyor General.
Of the 29 items (volumes) in this series so far 6 have been digitised with a total of c.700 images from these 6 items now available through Archives Investigator. Clearly we’ve still got a lot more to go – so keep checking in as more images will become available!
Below are a few images from the series to whet your appetite. Follow the link above to access all images in the series.
The sketches mostly relate to the following subjects: sketches and tracings of towns and villages and of extensions and alterations proposed thereto, sketches of allotments sold or granted to various persons. There are also sketches and tracings of land, the ownership of which was in dispute, or of encroachments on Crown lands, and of tracings of reserved roads through allotments, and of street alignments in towns. There are also tracings of land reserved for churches, schools, cemeteries and other public purposes.
description from Archives Investigator
A slightly different Can you date? with an ANZAC theme.
These photos have been identified as ‘Army movement from Campbelltown 1914-1918 War’. They are part of a very diverse series of photographs, NRS 17420 State Rail Authority Archives Photographic Reference Print Collection.
We’d like to try and narrow down the date of these WWI photographs and if possible glean some more information about the uniforms being worn.
What are peoples thoughts? Can you date these photographs?
As we commemorate ANZAC Day, a WWI related photographic mystery from the archives.
This studio photograph (NRS 214 c.1914-18), was found amongst old records at 10 Quay Street, Sydney. It had no identifying information accompanying it. The office at this address had been used for many years by meat inspectors employed on the Metropolitan Meat inspection circuit.
Of the two subjects in the photograph one appears to be a member of the Military whilst the other appears to be dressed in a civil uniform, including a cap with insignia.
Can anyone identify what type of military uniform the man on the right is wearing?
Perhaps even more challenging, can anyone identify the uniform worn by the man on the left? Given where the photograph was found, could it be a meat inspectors uniform?
What could be the significance of the two men being photographed together in their uniforms? What could be the relationship between the two men? Perhaps a father and son? So many questions!
Let us know what you think!
Whose up for another round of What’s the bigger picture? our guessing game using photographs from the State Records NSW collection.
Let’s hope this one tests the brain cells!
Where do you think this might be? What’s the bigger picture?!
Ashfield Park, Parramatta Rd, Ashfield
Series: NRS 20224 Photographs of metropolitan, country roads ferries etc., and miscellaneous operations, New South Wales
Digital ID: 20224_a038_001399
While continuing with the digitisation of NRS 15051, Photographs collected by the History Department of the Department of School Education, we came across this photo which noted on the back that the older woman in centre was Miss McKenzie who worked at Canowindra School for an astounding 48 years!
A quick look at Miss McKenzie’s personal file revealed her full name to be Isabel Elithan Flora McKenzie. She began service as an Assistant Teacher at Canowindra School on 25th August 1902 at the age of 16 and remained at Canowindra until her retirement on 31st December 1950 at the age of 64. (NRS 4080 [10/37442] I. McKenzie)
Given her long service at the school it occurred to me Miss McKenzie could appear in other photos from Canowindra. Searching the photos I came across this image.
No names of the people in the photo have been given and only a circa 1900 date has been noted on the photo.
Could Miss McKenzie appear in this photo?
The young woman seated on the right looks to be the right age (around 16) and may share some of the facial features of the older Miss McKenzie?
What do you think? Could we have found the young Miss McKenzie?
Follow this link to see all photos related to Canowindra School.