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Schools – plays, pageants and displays

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?

Caption: Albury Public School concert 1917 The Gleaners  Digital ID: 15051_a047_000103.jpg  Date: year only 31/12/1917

Caption: Albury Public School concert 1917 The Gleaners
Digital ID: 15051_a047_000103.jpg
Date: year only 31/12/1917

 

Caption: Canterbury Public School - concert  Digital ID: 15051_a047_002507.jpg  Date: year only 31/12/1932

Caption: Canterbury Public School – concert
Digital ID: 15051_a047_002507.jpg
Date: year only 31/12/1932

 

Caption: Conservatorium High School - Primary Schools plays  Digital ID: 15051_a047_003144.jpg  Date: year only 31/12/1954

Caption: Conservatorium High School – Primary Schools plays
Digital ID: 15051_a047_003144.jpg
Date: year only 31/12/1954

 

Caption: Castle Hill Public School - concert  Digital ID: 15051_a047_002624.jpg  Date: year only 31/12/1891

Caption: Castle Hill Public School – concert
Digital ID: 15051_a047_002624.jpg
Date: year only 31/12/1891

 

Caption: Burke Ward Public School - Empire Day pageant  Digital ID: 15051_a047_002048.jpg  Date: year only 31/12/1910

Caption: Burke Ward Public School – Empire Day pageant
Digital ID: 15051_a047_002048.jpg
Date: year only 31/12/1910

 

Caption: Broken Hill Public School - student display [possibly May Day] Digital ID: 15051_a047_001850.jpg  Date: c. 31/12/1904

Caption: Broken Hill Public School – student display [possibly May Day]
Digital ID: 15051_a047_001850.jpg
Date: c. 31/12/1904

 

Caption: Carlingford Public School  Digital ID: 15051_a047_002566.jpg  Date: year only 31/12/1954

Caption: Carlingford Public School
Digital ID: 15051_a047_002566.jpg
Date: year only 31/12/1954

 

Caption: Adamstown Public School - Adamstown concert  Digital ID: 15051_a047_000026.jpg  Date: year only 31/12/1940

Caption: Adamstown Public School – Adamstown concert
Digital ID: 15051_a047_000026.jpg
Date: year only 31/12/1940

See more photos from NRS 15051 on Photo Investigator.

 

 

 

What we’ve been digitising in the #Archives – Surveyors’ Sketch Books

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

[100] [Laings 20 acres at Watsons also houses and gradens to the south of it. Sketch book 1 folio 25] NRS13886X751_a110_000100.jpg

[100] [Laings 20 acres at Watsons also houses and gradens to the south of it. Sketch book 1 folio 25] NRS13886X751_a110_000100.jpg

 

[83] Site for Court House by Butler and site now proposed - Hartley [Sketch book 3 folio 51] NRS13886X754_a110_000002.jpg

[83] Site for Court House by Butler and site now proposed – Hartley [Sketch book 3 folio 51] NRS13886X754_a110_000002.jpg

 

Plan of the allotments at and near Lower Portland Head shewing the situation of the 20 acres allowed to William and Margaret Callaghan for life [Sketch book 4 folio 17] NRS13886X755_a110_000029.jpg

Plan of the allotments at and near Lower Portland Head shewing the situation of the 20 acres allowed to William and Margaret Callaghan for life [Sketch book 4 folio 17] NRS13886X755_a110_000029.jpg

 

Kensington to be sold by auction by Mr Stubbs [Sketch book 4 folio 68] NRS13886X756_a110_000015.jpg

Kensington to be sold by auction by Mr Stubbs [Sketch book 4 folio 68] NRS13886X756_a110_000015.jpg

 

Can you date this photograph? [WWI]

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?

Larger versions on Flickr

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We have many other undated photographs in Photo Investigator and on our Flickr account. If you know the dates or any other interesting facts about these images please let us know.

Unknown soldier

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!

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What’s the bigger picture?

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?!

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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

 

Looking for Miss McKenzie

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!

Caption: Staff at Canowindra District Rural School - Miss McKenzie centre front taught at the school from 1902-1950 Digital ID: 15051_a047_002502.jpg  Date: year only 31/12/1950

Caption: Staff at Canowindra District Rural School – Miss McKenzie centre front taught at the school from 1902-1950
Digital ID: 15051_a047_002502.jpg
Date: year only 31/12/1950

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.

Caption: Canowindra Public School - pupils and staff  Digital ID: 15051_a047_002489.jpg  Date: c. 31/12/1900

Caption: Canowindra Public School – pupils and staff
Digital ID: 15051_a047_002489.jpg
Date: c. 31/12/1900

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?

15051_a047_002489 cropped 15051_a047_002502 Miss McKenzie 1950

What do you think? Could we have found the young Miss McKenzie?

Follow this link to see all photos related to Canowindra School.