Electric tram at Mosmans Bay

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Where: 14 Bay St, Mosman NSW 2088, Australia

When: 01 January 1897

This image is from a leather photograph album dating to the late 1800s. The album contains sepia prints of a voyage from Melbourne to Sydney on SS ARAMAC as well as various sights around Sydney Harbour and the Hawkesbury River. The provenance of the album and the identity of the photographer is unknown.

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    john cowper

    • 12/Feb/2014 07:30:28

    [http:[email protected]] C-class tramcar - note the side mounted trolley pole. I'm willing to be corrected, but this may indicate that the shot was taken in 1897 or 1898. The C-class entered service in 1896.

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    ɐᴉlɐɹʇsn∀ɹǝqɯoɔɥɔɐǝq

    • 12/Feb/2014 08:46:58

    [http://www.flickr.com/photos/johncowper] This site at section 2.5.1 has the Mosman Wharf tramway extended and electrified in 1897 too - www.railpage.org.au/tram/goddmack.html . Also the wikipedia article - en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Trams_in_Sydney#First_period_1886_-... I will see if I can find an exact date via Trove - the date is important because it might help date the entire album, which seems to be October 1897 from this march in George St - [http://www.flickr.com/photos/anmm_thecommons/11863857373/]

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    ɐᴉlɐɹʇsn∀ɹǝqɯoɔɥɔɐǝq

    • 12/Feb/2014 08:50:50

    Too easy! Trove gives 19.2.1897, several months before this photo (?) as the "official trial trip" - trove.nla.gov.au/ndp/del/article/14089640 . THis article gives amazing full details of the cars ... enough to delight any trainspotter or tramspotter!

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    ɐᴉlɐɹʇsn∀ɹǝqɯoɔɥɔɐǝq

    • 12/Feb/2014 09:00:00

    The tramway route on an interactive 1900 map - www.nla.gov.au/apps/cdview/?pi=nla.map-rm2358-sd&rgn=... I think this photo is somewhere on Avenue Road - perhaps this bend on GoogleMapsStreetView ? - goo.gl/maps/qByhv

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    john cowper

    • 12/Feb/2014 12:12:01

    [http://www.flickr.com/photos/beachcomberaustralia] Well done, as usual! Appreciate the press article re the test!

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    Australian National Maritime Museum on The Commons

    • 12/Feb/2014 22:05:12

    [http://www.flickr.com/photos/johncowper] [http://www.flickr.com/photos/beachcomberaustralia] Thanks for all the information you two - great to know that we were on the right 'track' (so to speak) re the 1897 date :)

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    ɐᴉlɐɹʇsn∀ɹǝqɯoɔɥɔɐǝq

    • 13/Feb/2014 21:37:08

    There is a real live 1898 C-class tramcar (very similar but with centre trolley pole) in the Powerhouse Museum - from.ph/207883

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    john cowper

    • 14/Feb/2014 03:25:51

    [http://www.flickr.com/photos/anmm_thecommons] [http://www.flickr.com/photos/beachcomberaustralia] This may interest you here is a shot from walkingalongthetrail of a C-class and trailer also heading to Mosman Wharf [http:[email protected]/8140962223/]

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    Australian National Maritime Museum on The Commons

    • 16/Feb/2014 23:33:44

    [http://www.flickr.com/photos/johncowper] Lovely, thanks John :) added to our records.