The 'Lady Hopetoun'

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The steam launch 'Lady Hopetoun' at Commissioners Steps in front of the old Sydney Harbour Trust building, Circular Quay
Dated: c. 01/01/1904
Digital ID: 9856_a017_A017000016
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    dunedoo

    • 12/Apr/2010 10:02:18

    Hi, I'm an admin for a group called Sydney's older buildings and structures. , and we'd love to have this added to the group!

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    BeachcomberAustralia

    • 04/Mar/2011 10:39:34

    There is another photo taken minutes earlier (?) -

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    NSW State Archives and Records

    • 06/Mar/2011 23:41:05

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/beachcomberaustralia You could be onto something there....some of the onlookers look similar in both photos. The images are in different photo series: this Flickr photo is a Maritime Services Board image and the one you linked to from Photo Investigator is GPO. I've replaced this Flickr photo with a larger version and will get the GPO one up on Flickr this week for you. AB

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    BeachcomberAustralia

    • 07/Mar/2011 00:37:38

    [http://www.flickr.com/photos/state-records-nsw] Apologies for messing up your cataloguing system! There are two more views of the (newly built) Harbour Trust building in the '4481' GPO series, without 'Lady Hopetoun' - investigator.records.nsw.gov.au/asp/photosearch/photo.asp... and investigator.records.nsw.gov.au/asp/photosearch/photo.asp...

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    BeachcomberAustralia

    • 25/Jul/2012 19:55:04

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected] I would say yes.

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    pellethepoet

    • 04/Jan/2013 10:28:01

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/beachcomberaustralia Image linked to above now on Flickr - http://www.flickr.com/photos/state-records-nsw/8344226646/

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    latriviata

    • 04/Dec/2016 17:49:27

    nla.gov.au/nla.news-article229352752 The above article in Trove is about my g. grandfather who ran the Marine Ambulance service in West Circular Quay from about 1907 till 1917. I have never been able to find a photo of the building described in the article: "In a quiet corner at the back of the western Circular Quay wharf weighbridge, and nearly opposite the Harbor Trust Office, stands a three-roomed building ..." Does anyone think the small building in the right hand foreground could be it? Does anyone know where the weighbridge is? The Sands Directories of the time refer both the Marine Ambulance and the weighbridge as being on Argyle Street and Queens Wharf. Any ideas would be most welcome.

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    pellethepoet

    • 05/Dec/2016 10:04:51

    [https://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]] There's a panorama of Circular Quay taken from the Sydney Harbour Trust Building in 1915 that appears on pages 38-39 of Harvey Shore's book "From the Quay" - trove.nla.gov.au/work/25644131 - which shows a small white building in the foreground shy of Argyle Street that might be the one you are looking for. It should be in [https://www.flickr.com/photos/state-records-nsw] collection but I haven't tracked it down yet.

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    pellethepoet

    • 05/Dec/2016 16:49:02

    https://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected] Can't see it there, I think that pic is too early, but it may just be obscured. The building I'm thinking of was just beyond the north end of the no. 8 wharf built in 1912-13 on west Circular Quay to service Lane Cove. These photos show the right area but the small building is long gone. https://www.flickr.com/photos/anmm_thecommons/7736995684/1932 https://www.flickr.com/photos/state-records-nsw/24824626785/1945 I've left a note on the above photo where the building was, near the steps.

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    pellethepoet

    • 05/Dec/2016 16:59:28

    Ah! I was wrong, but close. We should be looking on the western side of the road, not the water's edge. This 1920 map shows the exact location of the weigh bridge, with adjacent small buildings on the corner of Barton Street (which, of course, is opposite the Sydney Harbour Trust Building) - acms.sl.nsw.gov.au/_zoomify/2008/D00663/a1367461.html (the W stands for wooden structure). It would have been just behind/to the right of the Commonwealth Bank here - [https://www.flickr.com/photos/state-records-nsw/8028391496/]

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    latriviata

    • 11/Dec/2016 01:30:14

    Wow, guys. Thanks for all this input, pellethepoet, quasymody, it has helped enormously. I now understand that that the fire station (built c1891) faces George & Barton Sts (Circular Quay road/rail overpass now on the footprint of Barton St); and the Harbor Trust Building faces Barton & Pitt Sts, both demolished for the Circular Quay Railway station. Presumably the small building we see next to the Lady Hopetoun was demolished around the same time. Because the Sands Directories always refer to the Marine Ambulance, the weighbridge and the low level pumping station together, I now think the small building is the low level pumping station - architecturally consistent with others of the same era (e.g. Lavender Bay c1902 still standing). I think the low level pumping station obscures our view of the weighbridge and the Marine Ambulance station, which places it very close to the contemporary Rail/Road overpass in the park south of Cadman Cottage facing east. It appears that Queen's Wharf may have extended from Barton St to Argyle St. Thanks again for the maps, the photos and all the thought. Any other theories would be most welcome. Cheers :)