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Can you date this photograph? [Customs House]

The title of this image, “Customs House, Sydney – remodelled”, may hold a clue to the photo’s date.

Can you date this photograph?

Larger version on Flickr  4346_a020_a020000142

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.

  • beachcomberaustralia says:

    I think between 1903 (Loftus St tramway opened) and 1905 (Colonial Sugar Co. offices built). See notes and comments on Flickr.

    So far …

    May 8, 2013 at 9:44 pm
  • Rhonda Cetta-Hoye says:

    Beachcomber is on the money. I’d say 10:52 on or about the 8th July 1904
    which is the date Electricity was turned on in Sydney for the first time.
    Older lady has floor length dress on. However the younger lady has ankle length dress. This suggests very early part of the 1900’s
    One could also suggest the poles are there waiting for the electricity to be switched on.

    May 10, 2013 at 8:32 am
  • enno says:

    It was taken some time before I walked from Rooty Hill to Lithgow.

    May 12, 2013 at 12:25 am
  • Anna Gray says:

    OK – it looks like a c.1904 date is the conclusion on this one. Thanks for everyone’s input!

    May 15, 2013 at 8:24 am

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