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2013/90/1 Photographic postcards, pair attached, paper, street scene of steam, cable and electric trams, corner of King and Elizabeth Streets, photographer unknown, made by Kodak, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia, c. 1904. Click to enlarge.

Postcard depicting Sydney trams

Photographed
This photograph comprises two postcards which have been joined to make a panorama style image of the corner of King and Elizabeth Streets, Sydney, in about 1904. The photograph is particularly rare and significant as it shows three types of Sydney trams in the one image: steam, cable and electric. These trams illustrate and represent the development of trams throughout the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries.

On the right hand side is a steam tram motor as evidenced by a small puff of …

Summary

Object No.

2013/90/1

Object Statement

Photographic postcards, pair attached, paper, street scene of steam, cable and electric trams, corner of King and Elizabeth Streets, photographer unknown, made by Kodak, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia, c. 1904

Physical Description

This photograph comprises two postcards which have been joined together with tape to form a panorama depicting two Sydney streets at the corner of King and Elizabeth Streets.

Marks

Inscribed in pencil on reverse, 'Corner Elizabeth / & King St' and 'Return to / Mr H K Bourne / 39 St Georges Rd / Bexley. [the address has been crossed out]'
Maker's logo, printed on reverse to form a square, 'KODAK / AUSTRAL / KODAK / AUSTRAL'.

Dimensions

Height

84 mm

Width

238 mm

Production

Notes

The photographer of the photographic postcards is unknown, but they were produced by Kodak in Sydney, New South Wales, Australia, c.1904.

The donor considers that these images were not taken on a panoramic camera but rather a normal camera mounted on a tripod. After taking one shot the photographer probably merely rotated the camera on the tripod to capture the second adjoining image.

History

Notes

The postcards originally belonged to the donor's grandfather, William Bourne, who was born in Adelaide in 1873. At the age of three William moved with his family to Sydney and lived at 637 Harris Street, Ultimo, (in 2013 this house was still standing) where William grew up. He married in 1898 at the Harris Street Baptist church and settled with his new wife in the Sydney suburb of Haberfield. While William worked as a real estate agent, his main achievements were in music. He became a prominent choir master and was the founder and conductor of the Sydney Harmonic Choral Society one of the most successful eisteddfod choirs of the time. William went on to join a successful mixed-voice choir which was said to have been the first to be broadcast on radio in Australia and went on to become radio 2FC's (later Radio National's Sydney station) studio choir until forced to disband during the Depression.

As well as his music, William Bourne was also interested in trams as evidenced by the presence of tram photographs in a family photo album. He died in 1965 at the age of 92. This photograph was handed down to his son and then grandson, David Bourne, who donated it to the Museum in 2013.

Information supplied by David Bourne, 2013.

Source

Credit Line

Gift of David Bourne, 2013

Acquisition Date

1 October 2013

Cite this Object

Harvard

Postcard depicting Sydney trams 2022, Museum of Applied Arts & Sciences, accessed 8 August 2022, <https://ma.as/472186>

Wikipedia

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