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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?

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

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

What’s the bigger picture?

New for 2014, What’s the bigger picture?, is a bit of a guessing / detective game using photographs from the State Records NSW collection.

Below a small section of this photograph is revealed while the rest is blocked out…. Scroll down for a larger version of the revealed section.

Can you guess where we are? Or what the bigger picture might be?

Let’s see what response we get and whether we need to unveil another section of the image to provide another clue to the bigger picture!

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School….sport

Swimming lessons, sports carnivals and team sports.

Whether you loved it or hated it sport was a perennial companion at school and had a great impact on your school experience.

Here are some sporting highlights from NRS 15051 Photographic Collection from the History Unit of the Department of School Education.

Do these images bring back any memories?

Feel free to reminisce and share your own school sporting stories!

 

Caption: Cambridge School, Hunters Hill - hockey  Digital ID: 15051_a047_002249.jpg  Date: year only 31/12/1908

Caption: Cambridge School, Hunters Hill – hockey
Digital ID: 15051_a047_002249.jpg
Date: year only 31/12/1908

Caption: Broken Hill Public School - Junior Technical School Cricket Team  Digital ID: 15051_a047_001859.jpg  Date: c. 31/12/1922

Caption: Broken Hill Public School – Junior Technical School Cricket Team
Digital ID: 15051_a047_001859.jpg
Date: c. 31/12/1922

Caption: Broken Hill Public School - Junior Technical School Teams. Souvenir of Unley visit, 1922.  Digital ID: 15051_a047_001858.jpg  Date: year only 31/12/1922

Caption: Broken Hill Public School – Junior Technical School Teams. Souvenir of Unley visit, 1922.
Digital ID: 15051_a047_001858.jpg
Date: year only 31/12/1922

Caption: Bective Public School - sports  Digital ID: 15051_a047_000912.jpg  Date: year only 31/12/1939

Caption: Bective Public School – sports
Digital ID: 15051_a047_000912.jpg
Date: year only 31/12/1939

Caption: Bathurst Public School - swimming lessons  Digital ID: 15051_a047_000804.jpg  Date: c. 31/12/1924

Caption: Bathurst Public School – swimming lessons
Digital ID: 15051_a047_000804.jpg
Date: c. 31/12/1924

Caption: Armidale High School Football Team 1922  Digital ID: 15051_a047_000231.jpg  Date: year only 31/12/1922

Caption: Armidale High School Football Team 1922
Digital ID: 15051_a047_000231.jpg
Date: year only 31/12/1922

Street view circa 1930!

Before we begin, a big thank you for your patience while we resolved our issue last week. The blog has been fully restored and hopefully there will be no further technical glitches- we are back in business!

We recently digitised NRS 20024 Photos of metropolitan, country roads ferries etc., and miscellaneous operations, NSW 1926-1946.

These images were taken by the Department of Main Roads to show roads before and after roadwork had been done.

While at first glance these images may seem mundane, the interest in the images lies in the detail. Zoom in and the bustle of daily life is revealed. It’s like google street view c. 1930!

Here are details taken from a few images in NRS 20224. Click on the images for a larger version or click the link below each image to see the original photograph in our catalogue.

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242 Corner Botany and Henderson Roads. (Undated)

Digital ID: 20224_a038_000148

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Great Western Highway - Parramatta. After reconstruction of widened section. (08/12/1936)

Digital ID: 20224_a038_000843

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Cooks River Road, St Peters – Finished work. (12/09/1929)

Digital ID: 20224_a038_001073

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New South Head Road Paddington – showing completed concrete with sand covering – Tar Macadam strip between Concrete and Tramway. Taken from Nield St. looking West. (Undated)

Digital ID: 20224_a038_000011

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Pacific Highway S.H.10 [State Highway] Lane Cove Rd, North Sydney, near Mount Street. (04/05/1931)

Digital ID: 20224_a038_001290

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Pennant Hills Rd, Baulkham Hills. Prior to reconstruction. (19/11/1934)

Digital ID: 20224_a038_000714

Can you date this photograph? [Farm Cove, Sydney HArbour]

With all the navy fleet goings on in Sydney Harbour over the past week, a ship themed can you date.

This is a view from the western side of Farm Cove looking north-east toward Fort Denison in Sydney Harbour.

Can you date this photograph?

Larger version 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.