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Construction of Sydney Harbour Bridge main bearing, 1927 by Powerhouse Museum Collection, via Flickr

Sydney Harbour Bridge construction

This series of photographs was commissioned by the Department of Public Works. As a group they document the construction of the Sydney City Underground Railway and the Sydney Harbour Bridge between 1922 and 1932. Building a bridge to link the city of Sydney with the North Shore was first suggested by Francis Greenway in 1825, however it would be nearly 100 years before the first competitive designs and tenders were finally accepted. In 1921 tenders were finally called and Chief Engineer John…

The first David Jones  store, which opened in Sydney in 1838.

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Katoomba Street c.1930    Notes: Pepperday's store opened 1925 and H Pepperday & Co, drapers, was still operating in 1934. Harry Pepperday and his wife Eliza, of Katoomba Street, appear in the 1935 electoral roll. The Model A Fords date from 1928-29.

Katoomba Street c. 1930

Notes: Pepperday's store opened 1925 and H Pepperday & Co, drapers, was still operating in 1934. Harry Pepperday and his wife Eliza, of Katoomba Street, appear in the 1935 electoral roll. The Model A Fords on the left date from 1928-29, the number plates read - [191-769] this series was issued during 1929; [207-634] series was issued in 1930. The sign on the adjacent post says 'Shipley', it may have been a bus stop. The Fresh Food & Ice Company delivered blocks of ice to homes for use in ice…

Imperial Hotel Katoomba c. 1945

Imperial Hotel Katoomba c. 1945

Looking across to Martin Place and the GPO from George Street c1905 and 2016 [1905-State Library NSW>2016-Allan Hawley. By Allan Hawley]

Looking across to Martin Place and the GPO from George Street c1905 and 2016 [1905-State Library NSW>2016-Allan Hawley. By Allan Hawley]

Dymocks Book Arcade on George St,Sydney (year unknown).

Dymocks Book Arcade on George St,Sydney (year unknown).

Mudgee railway was the life blood of the town. I remember catching the 'milk run' train to Sydney. The train was an old 'puffing billy' . In winter the train men would slide along the corridors, tin boxes filled with sand that had been sitting with the engine and were very hot. They would cover the boxes with sacking and we would take off our shoes and keep warm. Sadly no trains come to Mudgee now eventhough the population has doubled and the building has been a series of eateries.

Mudgee railway was the life blood of the town. I remember catching the 'milk run' train to Sydney. The train was an old 'puffing billy' . In winter the train men would slide along the corridors, tin boxes filled with sand that had been sitting with the engine and were very hot. They would cover the boxes with sacking and we would take off our shoes and keep warm. Sadly no trains come to Mudgee now eventhough the population has doubled and the building has been a series of eateries.

Title: View of William Street, Bathurst (NSW) Dated: No date

View of William Street, Bathurst (NSW)

Title: View of William Street, Bathurst (NSW) Dated: No date Digital ID: 12932_a012_a012X2449000071 Rights: No known copyright restrictions www.records.nsw.gov.au/about-us/rights-and-permissions We'd love to hear from you if you use our photos/documents. Many other photos in our collection are available to view and browse on our website using Photo Investigator.