Cambridge Street looking to Argyle Cut, The Rocks

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Where: New South Wales, , Australia

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When: 01 January 1900

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Format: Glass plate negative.

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Repository: Tyrrell Photographic Collection, Powerhouse Museum

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Acquisition credit line: Gift of Australian Consolidated Press under the Taxation Incentives for the Arts Scheme, 1985


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    JC Merriman

    • 10/Sep/2008 10:41:14

    What times!

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    adaptable direction

    • 11/Sep/2008 12:42:41

    These great old photos should also be in the Picture Australia pool.

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    • 13/Apr/2009 03:06:47

    Another wonderful picture of the not-so-good old days. Dated "August 1901" - it was just after an outbreak of bubonic plague in the Rocks. The whole area was resumed by the NSW government for slum clearance. Maybe these photos were taken for evidence? The next photo is from the other end of the street, possibly at the same time.

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    • 20/Apr/2009 10:13:57

    State Records New South Wales has a good set of plague era photos of The Rocks, beachcomberaustralia. I'll go and get a couple of links. Got 'em. Check this:

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    • 20/Apr/2009 21:55:32

    RAT'S @RSE ! Thanks lifeasdaddy for those charming pictures - put me off my breakfast. It is fun to see what were once considered to be complete slums, are now referred to as a 'renovator's delight'.

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    • 24/Sep/2009 12:20:51

    How would you like to see this view in colour? This is SPOOKY ! - Julian Ashton "Cambridge St. . . ." 1901 (same year) AGNSW - [Ed. link updated 29/9/17]

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    • 24/Sep/2009 12:41:00

    What a great match between the photo and the Ashton painting!

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    • 12/Jan/2010 10:45:46

    Spookier! - Sophie Steffanoni - [Cambridge Street. The Rocks] 1902

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    • 25/Aug/2010 23:04:23

    And from the other end of the street looking south - Fred Leist "Cambridge Street looking South" 1902 SLNSW

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    • 16/Nov/2010 07:58:47

    From the other direction, and 'colourized' for a postcard -

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    covid convict

    • 28/Jul/2022 08:15:37 - this pic appeared in the Sunday Times on 1st June, 1913...accompanying one of Mary Salmon's historical articles on old Sydney...this is the earliest publication that I've found so far...see bottom pic... - a similar pic (without the people) appeared in the Sydney Mail on 10th August, an article on The Rocks resumptions...see pic 2nd page of link...