General Post Office at Martin Place

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Post Office at Martin Place, Sydney
Dated: c. 1901
Digital ID: 4346_a020_a020000047
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    BobMeade

    • 29/Jul/2008 04:15:04

    Obviously, this shows preparations for a big event. I wonder what it was?

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    NSW State Archives and Records

    • 29/Jul/2008 06:30:50

    Yes, it does look that way, doesn't it? Unfortunately we don't have a date for this photo.

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    BobMeade

    • 29/Jul/2008 10:42:11

    Now I think it is in preparation for the arrival of the Great White Fleet in Sydney on 20 August, 1908. The march by US Navy Officers and men took a route around the city including north on George Street, turning into Martin Place in front of the GPO, and then left (north) on Pitt Street. See route map here: www.records.nsw.gov.au/gallery/programme_of_events_6_1535... There is a photograph of the decorations in front of the GPO in the State Library of NSW here: libapp.sl.nsw.gov.au/cgi-bin/spydus/ENQ/PM/FULL1?221128,I See how packed full of people Martin Place was on parade day here: libapp.sl.nsw.gov.au/cgi-bin/spydus/ENQ/PM/FULL1?221245,I This website has the best information about the Great White Fleet: www.greatwhitefleet.info/ And of course State Records NSW own collection about the Great White Fleet here: www.records.nsw.gov.au/gallery/the_great_white_fleet_1531...

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    NSW State Archives and Records

    • 30/Jul/2008 03:37:40

    Another possibility is that it is the celebrations for the visit of the Duke of York (King George V) in 1901, or Federation celebrations.

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    BobMeade

    • 30/Jul/2008 04:21:27

    Good point. You are quite right. Here's one view of the Martin Place Federation Celebrations in 1901 which is quite consistent with the photograph shown above: nla.gov.au/nla.pic-an13148760-22 And this one of the dressing for the Duke of York visitation: nla.gov.au/nla.pic-an22498124

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    NSW State Archives and Records

    • 30/Jul/2008 04:27:43

    It certainly looks to be the Federation event in the NLA image; the decoration is the same. We'll put a c.1901 date on the photo. Thanks for your help!

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