Photographs, The Rocks Festival, by Kerry Dundas

Made by Dundas, Kerry in The Rocks, New South Wales, 1970-1980.

The photographs by Kerry Dundas record aspects of The Rocks’ prominent place in the hotel and drinking history of Sydney. As one of the first areas of Sydney to be settled by wharf labourers and other city workers, The Rocks precinct has long been home to a dense concentration of hotels and drinkers. Some of these hotels, including the Ocean Wave and the Hero of Waterloo are memorably depicted in the Tyrrell collection of historic photographs.

Although most Rocks hotels were removed or rebuilt...


Photographs (3), silver gelatin prints, The Rocks Festival, photographs by Kerry Dundas, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia, 1970-1980

Three photographic prints depicting scenes from The Rocks Festival in Sydney. The first print featues a scene from Lower Fort Street, The Rocks, near the Hero of Waterloo Hotel. A decorated Land Rover is at centre, bearing a banner stating 'The Castlereagh Hotel salutes The Rocks'. The street behind is crowded with drinkers. The second print features a group of drinkers also apparently in Lower Fort Street, behind an elderly man playing a trumpet. The third print features a group of sailors and casually dressed men sitting or leaning on a railing outside a tiled hotel. All photographs bear the photographer's stamped details on the reverse.


The photographs were taken by Kerry Dundas (1931 - 2010), son of the artist Douglas Dundas. He was apprenticed to the studio of portrait photographer Monte Luke in 1948. From 1951 he worked for the Max Dupain studio, gaining the opportunity to work in a variety of commercial contexts.

Dundas also began photographing documentary subjects and moved to London in 1958, working successfully as a photo-journalist for some years. His stories and photos were published in The Observer, The Times, Vogue and numerous other high-profile newspapers and magazines. After returning to Sydney in 1967 Dundas worked again with Max Dupain before becoming photographer for the Art Gallery of New South Wales, where he produced portraits and documentary photographs of artists, designers and others.
Dundas, Kerry 1970-1980


Purchased 2007
10 December, 2007

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Photographs, The Rocks Festival, by Kerry Dundas 2014, Museum of Applied Arts & Sciences, accessed 19 November 2017, <>
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