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Can you date this photograph? [Balmain, White Bay]

Industry abounds in this view of White Bay Power Station and White Bay from Glebe Island grain silos.

While still recognisable the area has changed a lot!

Can you date this photograph?

Larger version on Flickr

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




  • Allan Cole says:

    Sadly I do not know much about the area but I think the large building is the Balmain Power Station and the rails in the foreground are the loading facilities for Wheat exports. Others are probably able to date the picture.

    June 21, 2012 at 2:21 pm
  • Allan Cole says:

    My apologies. The prior post of mine was a bit of a silly post. I suggest that this shows the first of two Balmain Power Stations. The first station opened in the 1930’s and closed around 1976. These dates shold be checked.

    June 21, 2012 at 4:31 pm
  • enno says:

    That is the white bay power station. The Balmain power station was way over the other side of Rozelle next to the Iron Cove Bridge.

    June 21, 2012 at 9:25 pm
  • Allan Cole says:

    Again my apologies. Please ignore my posts.

    June 22, 2012 at 8:50 am
  • Anna Gray says:

    Yes it is White Bay Power Station apologies for the misleading titling of this image.
    Balmain powerstation was an entirely different building on land now occupied by the Balmain Shores apartment development near Iron Cove bridge.

    June 22, 2012 at 10:47 am
  • Iain Stuart says:

    Actually it is White Bay and White Bay is located in Balmain/Rozelle.

    Is that a Roundhouse between the White Bay Power Station and the end of the grain transfer conveyors?

    June 25, 2012 at 2:23 pm
  • Kristen Greaves says:

    Information about the photo given to me by a friend…
    In the archives of the Balmain Association are some photos of the building of the silos and in back ground of area near by.
    A 1919photo has the same view, but there are only 4chimney stacks. Another photo from a publication shows the extensions to power station with 18 chimney stacks same as photo.
    Information is that these extensions were carried out 1923 to 1928 and then the next rebuild was in 1950s.
    So, the conveyer building in photo is same as in 1919 photo.
    C 1940s.

    July 2, 2012 at 12:48 pm