Try to find the spot where the photographer was standing.
Looks like Watson's Bay to me (not "north side"), taken from Gap Bluff looking SW.
See 1875 map - www.nla.gov.au/apps/cdview?pi=nla.map-f110-sd&rgn=0.7...
Thanks, beachcomberaustralia, we'll change the caption.
[http://www.flickr.com/photos/state-records-nsw] it is strange revisiting this photo 26 months later. The Digital ID link above goes to the wrong photo, but I think it may be linked somehow to this one. More later ...
The house in the foreground is the historic 'Clovelly' (built 1834, demolished 1903), at the time the residence of Sir John Robertson. Hence the current Robertson Park.
There is a photo of 'Clovelly' dated 1884 where the trees look in a fairly similar state to this photo - acms.sl.nsw.gov.au/item/itemDetailPaged.aspx?itemID=412763#
And another before demolition in 1903 - acms.sl.nsw.gov.au/item/itemDetailPaged.aspx?itemID=412765#
http://www.flickr.com/photos/beachcomberaustralia Fixed the link to Photo Investigator, thanks for picking that up.
Those SLNSW photos are great to compare this one with...and to see the sad state 'Clovelly' was in before demolition. Will pass this info along, we can at least place a pre-1903 date.
The photo this one is next to in the 4481 Series and mistakenly connected with as being on the "north side" is probably part of a panorama. See notes and comments here - http://www.flickr.com/photos/state-records-nsw/4625059045/
Could it be that this photo too is also the centre part of a three-frame panorama? Watson's Bay and The Gap seem to have been a favourite spot for photographers, and there are several photos which show the missing two thirds of the view. For example (only) -
I think the date is nearer c.1885 than 1903, from the style of the photo.
There's a terrific 'now' hi-res comparison photo from almost the same spot on Wikipedia -
And there is a precedent of a nearby panorama by the American & Australasian Photographic Company (Holtermann and Bayliss) - open in new tabs -
Have you seen any like these before?
http://www.flickr.com/photos/hwmobs No I haven't - interesting!
Very dapper chaps in the photos too!
Thanks for sharing the images.