Try to find the spot where the photographer was standing.
Obviously, this shows preparations for a big event. I wonder what it was?
Yes, it does look that way, doesn't it? Unfortunately we don't have a date for this photo.
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:
There is a photograph of the decorations in front of the GPO in the State Library of NSW here:
See how packed full of people Martin Place was on parade day here:
This website has the best information about the Great White Fleet:
And of course State Records NSW own collection about the Great White Fleet here:
Another possibility is that it is the celebrations for the visit of the Duke of York (King George V) in 1901, or Federation celebrations.
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:
And this one of the dressing for the Duke of York visitation:
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!
1 year ago
a contributor from Vaucluse, Australia suggested this image
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