Try to find the spot where the photographer was standing.
I think the answer lies in the wisteria ...
There is an excellent slide show of Lodge photos here - news.domain.com.au/photogallery/domain/the-pms-home-in-ca... . No.30 of 37 shows Joseph Lyons, his wife Enid, and eleven (!) children on the lawn in 1939. The plants are all a little larger than in this photo, so this is earlier, probably 1938, as many of the railway carriage decoration photos. (No.28 is also of interest, but is reversed).
The Lyons family photo is also on Wikipedia (via NLA) -
http://www.flickr.com/photos/beachcomberaustralia Oh yes, I see the ones under the window sill are much smaller in our photo. You could write a book about dating photos, plant by plant :)
Will pass this info along.
Hmmm.... The removable nature of plants makes this a hard one to call. Here's another image dated 1950 ... I'm not sure that it helps us out much but see what you think!
[http://www.flickr.com/photos/state-records-nsw] - AG -
That same image is dated as "ca.1940" here - nla.gov.au/nla.pic-vn4660686-s204 ,
and "ca.1950" here - nla.gov.au/nla.pic-vn3572357 !!
Also a colourised version "ca. 1920-ca. 1950" here - www.slv.vic.gov.au/pcards/gid/slv-pic-aab09728/1/pc000049
(Via a Trove pictures search for "The Lodge Canberra")
Clear as mud!
I think a Parliamentary Inquiry and Royal Commission is required ...
not to mention a TV mini series - already done!
http://www.flickr.com/photos/beachcomberaustralia Nothing's ever simple it seems! Royal Commission looks like our only option!
http://www.flickr.com/photos/state-records-nsw Eeeeek! You have changed your avatar colour - so red, it makes mine look pink!
[http://www.flickr.com/photos/beachcomberaustralia] Never mind reds under the bed - they're in the Archive! :)
http://www.flickr.com/photos/beachcomberaustralia http://www.flickr.com/photos/pellethepoet Ooh yes, ours does look extraordinarily red compared to your starfish! Blooood red....and you're right, the starfish is looking faded now.
A decent collection of images of The Lodge taken from contraction to the mid 1930s can be seen at the Discovering Mildenhall's Canberra website.
http://www.flickr.com/photos/canberrahouse That's great, thanks for sharing that link.
3 years ago
a contributor from Canberra, Australia suggested this image
location is -35.3107, 149.117