Try to find the spot where the photographer was standing.
No. 1 Sussex Street, which is very pleasing to the eye, was an office block designed by Willliam Wardell.
Wardell was also the architect of St. Patrick's Cathedral, Melbourne.
It looks like a scene straight out of Dickens!
At the junction of Napoleon and Sussex Streets, looking south.
The 1890 map shows "Grafton Wharf" and the kink in Sussex Street apparent in this photo.
Reverse view from up the street -
My GGG Grandfather Richard Sim had one of his many flour mills at Grafton Wharf in the 1860s. His daughter (my GG Grandmother) Louisa Maud Sim was born in Sussex Street in 1866. Her birth certificate confirms this fact. Her son (my great grandfather) stated in his diary that his mother was born in Sussex St where all the wharves were. I believe the area that was once Grafton Wharf is now Barrangaroo?
[https://www.flickr.com/photos/116138232@N02] Yes, it is the southern end of what is becoming Barangaroo.
GoogleMapsStreetView - goo.gl/maps/YWkxT3idGf32 . The warehouse at left (Grafton Bond) is still there, but foreshortened to enable the extension of Sussex Street.
[https://www.flickr.com/photos/116138232@N02] These documents might also be of interest -
4 years ago
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