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2008/165/1-92 Glass plate negative (1 of 193), the first Gladesville Bridge, across Parramatta River, Sydney, glass, photographer possibly Arthur Phillips, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia, c. 1895-1905. Click to enlarge.

Glass plate negative of the first Gladesville Bridge

Photographed
This image from a glass plate negative taken in the late 1890s depicts the first Gladesville Bridge across the Parramatta River in Sydney. It opened on 1 February 1881.

This image is part of a collection of glass plate negatives acquired by the Museum in the 1980s. They appear to have been made by a Sydney-based photographic studio from around 1880 through to 1920. The images are on both whole and half plate negatives and many of the larger images are of a high quality.

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Summary

Object No.

2008/165/1-92

Object Statement

Glass plate negative (1 of 193), the first Gladesville Bridge, across Parramatta River, Sydney, glass, photographer possibly Arthur Phillips, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia, c. 1895-1905

Physical Description

Glass plate negative (1 of 193), the first Gladesville Bridge, glass, photographer possibly Arthur Phillips, Australia, c. 1895-1905

Landscape-format, black and white glass plate negative depicting a view of the first Gladesville Bridge, with a hand-tinted blue sky. The bridge features stone setting-off points at each end, five metal supports in the river and iron balustrades in a diamond design. Electric wires cross the bridge. This bridge was dismantled in the 1960s and sections were reused as the bridge over the Lachlan River at Forbes

Marks

The number '156' is scratched on the reverse side of the photograph.

Dimensions

Height

165 mm

Width

215 mm

Production

Photographed

Notes

The photographic glass plate negative was photographed and produced in Australia, c. 1920. There have been suggestions that the Phillips collection of photographs was created by Harry Phillips, (1873-1944), an early twentieth century photographer born in Ballarat and best known for his photographs of the Blue Mountains. Recent museum research has shown that the photographer Harry J. Phillips, the uncle of Raymond W. Phillips, was born in Sydney in 1872. There does not appear to be any connection between the families of the Ballarat-born Harry Phillips and Harry J. Phillips.

History

Notes

The donor Raymond Phillips was a rotograver and for many years was responsible for the Australian Women's Weekly cover. His father, Arthur Phillips, was a gold and silver merchant and was possibly the photographer of the glass plate negatives. In 1920, the family moved from Willoughby to Latimer Road, Bellevue Hill. A bachelor, Raymond Phillips remained in the house after his parents' death. The slides were found in a deal box in the garage.

Cite this Object

Harvard

Glass plate negative of the first Gladesville Bridge 2021, Museum of Applied Arts & Sciences, accessed 26 October 2021, <https://ma.as/385882>

Wikipedia

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