Object StatementGlass negative, half plate, 'Mt. Kembla Road', Kerry and Co, Sydney, c. 1884-1917
Physical DescriptionSilver gelatin dry plate glass negative in landscape format, inscribed 'Mount Kembla Road'. Four houses constructed of wood are depicted in the centre right of the image. The houses are bordered by wooden fences. Three men can be seen standing on a dirt roadway in front of the houses. A second dirt roadway is depicted on the left side of the image and a man and woman can be seen walking on this road. The two roads are separated by trees and bushes. The background of the image depicts the surrounding bush environment with vegetation including eucalyptus trees. The caption, studio mark and number are inscribed on the reverse of the negative.
Notes from independant researcher JohnStafford: "The image " Mount Kembla road" is actually a view of the village of Kembla Heights. The road of the left of the two roads was later named "Soldiers Road " and more recently re-named Harry Graham Drive in recognition of Mr Harry Graham, a local baker and former Mayor of Wollongong. This road lead to Mount Keira (in the distance ) and beyond also to the upper Cordeaux River Dam number two after making a left turn off this road. The road near the houses (on the right ) eventually lead to the Mount Kembla Colliery and was used by Coal Miners to walk to and from from their occupation at the Coal mine and for the use of horse and carts. Later, as the traffic loads were heavier such as motor lorries, the use of this road to the mine was used by pedestrians only and the part of this road past the houses became overgrown and was just a track through the trees leading to the Coal Mine. The road on the left was then upgraded for heavier traffic. Mount Kembla (Mountain) is perhaps 2 km behind the photographer and Mount Kembla (village ) is perhaps 2.5km behind and to the right, and 300 metres nearer sea level in relation to the photographer who is facing in a northerly direction. The fork in the road, as seen in image, is presently where High Street (right) merges with Harry Graham Drive (left) in the village of Kembla Heights, N.S.W." (Email correspondence, 1/7/2017)
10/180 Tyrrell Inventory Number, 611 Kerry Studio Number
MarksStudio number, caption and studio mark on plate emulsion verso lower centre, inscribed by hand in reverse print in ink '611. Mt. KEMBLA ROAD. / K & Co.'Caption decorated on plate emulsion verso with hand embellishments in ink.
Inscription in plate emulsion verso upper centre edge, scratched by hand 'Mt Kembla Road' and upper left corner '611'.