Redfern Railway Station

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Where: 52 Regent St, Chippendale NSW 2008, Australia

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When: 01 January 1880

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Format: Glass plate negative.

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Repository: Tyrrell Photographic Collection, Powerhouse Museum

Part Of: Powerhouse Museum Collection

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Acquisition credit line: Gift of Australian Consolidated Press under the Taxation Incentives for the Arts Scheme, 1985


Owner: Powerhouse Museum Collection
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    Leonard J Matthews

    • 06/May/2008 02:35:38

    eXceptional old photograph .... thankyou for sharing

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    • 09/Apr/2009 10:33:40

    Arthur Streeton's "The Railway Station, Redfern" 1893 [AGNSW]

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    • 09/Apr/2009 11:25:53

    The large barrel-vaulted building at top left is the Exhibition building in Prince Alfred Park. Built in 1870, demolished in 1954.

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    • 14/Apr/2009 07:03:18

    Here's another interesting thing: the white telegraph poles are very noticeable in this photo and in Streeton's 1893 painting (see above). Evidently it is possible to date old photos in Sydney from the type of pole. Technology was changing so rapidly between 1880 and 1920, that every few years a type of pole was replaced. "The backbone of the public telegraph network was a route in George Street from the telegraph office [GPO George Street] to Redfern Station and a shared route along the railway line to Parramatta. By 1880 there were about 10 wires along George Street. This pole route appears from the General Post Office c.1890 on Arthur Streeton's 1893 painting of Redfern Station." And on this photo. I would dearly like to say that they are contemporary, but it is raining in the painting and sunny in this photo. More telephone pole info: btw there is an excellent explanation of where this station was on the PH site Persistent URL above. It is not the current Redfern Station, or Central Station. I was very confused until I read it, and always wondered why Arthur Streeton would have bothered to paint a picture of a suburban station in the rain.

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    • 29/May/2009 04:20:36

    Another view from the State Records NSW photostream dated 04/10/1890 - Old Redfern Station was a popular subject.

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    • 31/Mar/2010 14:07:38

    "I would dearly like to say that they are contemporary, but it is raining in the painting and sunny in this photo." - beachcomberaustralia [smile] Well, I can see some clouds gathering ...

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    • 12/Jun/2010 11:36:47

    Charles Bayliss -

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    • 01/Jul/2010 07:55:32

    Star Photo Co. (later, with electric trams) -

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    • 06/Jul/2010 12:26:22

    And anonymous (earlier) -

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    • 29/Jan/2012 08:16:49

    And Henry King (earlier) -

1 year ago 2001:8003:405e:7500:d8a9:95ac:e2f1:1f41 suggested this image is from 1880


1 year ago 2001:8003:405e:7500:d8a9:95ac:e2f1:1f41 suggested this image location is -33.8874, 151.203

The original Redfern Railway Station was not at Redfern. It was north of Cleveland Street adjacent Prince Alfred Park.