In this image of Sydney's Circular Quay from a glass plate negative produced in 1892 horse-drawn vehicles still rule the road. There are horse buses running along Alfred Street and a row of hansom cabs are waiting at the rank for fares. Evidence of the importance of the wool trade can seen from the row of gabled wool stores including those of Hill Clark & Co., Winchcombe Carson & Co. and the Talbot wool pressing stores.
In the background at Sydney Cove Wharves 1 and 2, are three seagoing passenger vessels. A small tug passes with a smaller tug standing by with a lighter. The Port Jackson Steamship Co.'s wharf is bare of ferries but a pile of sacks suggests a ferry is on the way. At the Watsons Bay wharf, advertising a return fare for 9 pence, two ferries are waiting. The larger is the 'Bee' (1884-1901). She was to become the first ferry of the Hayles family's Barrier Reef tour company in 1899 and was wrecked in a gale in 1901.
Graeme Andrews OAM, Museum of Applied Arts and Sciences volunteer under the supervision of Margaret Simpson, Curator, December 2015
This photographic negative was taken by an un-attributed photographer between the late nineteenth century and 1935 and is part of a larger collection of 7,900 negatives once owned by Sydney bookseller, James Tyrrell.
Included in this section of the collection is a wide variety of subject matter including Sydney Streets, New South Wales landscapes, World War I portraits and images of the Harbour Bridge from the early 1930s. While many of these images remain un-attributed at present it is likely that some were taken by Charles Kerry and Henry King and were either copied by Tyrrell or one of these photographers at a later date.
Some of the photographs from Papua New Guinea appear to have been taken by Reverend Lawes and these may have been a part of the selection acquired by King in the 1890s. David Millar in his book on Charles Kerry also comments on how Tyrrell's purchase from Kerry contained a number of World War I portraits and these seem likely to be the ones in this part of the Tyrrell collection.
However other photographs, like those of Sydney Harbour Bridge, were taken after both Kerry and King had died and must have been later acquisitions by either Tyrrell or Australian Consolidated Press.
Geoff Barker, Curatorial, December, 2008
Millar, David P., Charles Kerry's Federation Australia, David Ellis Press, Sydney, 1981