Glass negatives of The Rocks, Sydney, ca. 1890-1910, by William Joseph Macpherson

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Where: 71 George St, The Rocks NSW 2000, Australia

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When: 01 January 1900

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Call number: ON 588/Box 01

Digital ID: FL3425701

Format: glass photonegative

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    BeachcomberAustralia

    • 05/Sep/2017 07:58:59

    Hmm - watching with interest !

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    pellethepoet

    • 05/Sep/2017 16:14:14

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    BeachcomberAustralia

    • 05/Sep/2017 20:53:35

    ?? !

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    pellethepoet

    • 05/Sep/2017 22:43:37

    -( • ).( • )-

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    juliestorry

    • 06/Sep/2017 03:11:56

    This resembles the window style of the Lord Nelson. Perhaps even the sandstone block style ... One of the doors is #10 and beside the LN in Dove was a #10 with this sort of layout, accessible from the rear. The shadow might be useful with that triangular peak. I will look to see the layout closer to 1890-1910, noting the fire to Oswalds. With the tramlines outside HT there is a bottom-line of August 1901 possibly. By then, the Resumptions were well-known and photographers and painters came from everywhere ... But I think the Resumption maps were only dated 1902. Many of these images by McPherson are of places that have since passed away. Similar scenario with JHH. Seems to my fevered brain they both chose specifically ...

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    BeachcomberAustralia

    • 06/Sep/2017 10:33:41

    It's a steep (see roofline) little courtyard off the main streets; stone not brick and old-fashioned small-pane windows. A bit Frog Hollow like, but it ain't there ...

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    juliestorry

    • 07/Sep/2017 18:10:34

    Judging by the shadow, and the washing on the line, would you consider this before midday? Do you get any sense of whether this building is running E-W or N-S? Although this looks like a rear courtyard, the door has a #10, leading to the thought that it might be a front-door. The 6-paned sash windows date this early in the 19thC, yet it gives the appearance of an "apartment block" rather than a stand of terraces. On the LHS, I think I can see two more gate entries where concrete (?) has been used to infill a hollow. Perhaps the building had two wings coming off the main frontage.

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    pellethepoet

    • 07/Sep/2017 22:12:02

    [https://www.flickr.com/photos/beachcomberaustralia] This old comment of yours is rattling around my brain at the moment (i.e., courtyard NW side of Clyde Street), but the link to the map is broken.

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    BeachcomberAustralia

    • 07/Sep/2017 22:29:59

    I think the camera is looking south-ish; east to the left, west to right. It can't be reversed 'cos of that '10'. The style of building, doors and windows is very similar to "Parle's Buildings" a small 4-cottage courtyard glimpsed through the archway in Bettington Street - [https://www.flickr.com/photos/state-records-nsw/5516234456/] These little snickets barely rate a mention on the maps; for example Parle's on Plan E where the X is - gallery.records.nsw.gov.au/wp-content/gallery/darling-har...

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    BeachcomberAustralia

    • 07/Sep/2017 22:38:49

    [https://www.flickr.com/photos/pellethepoet] Disregard my old comments! My old maps links are sadly departed, but there is nothing substantial (ie 10 cottages) there on Plan F - gallery.records.nsw.gov.au/wp-content/gallery/darling-har...

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    juliestorry

    • 08/Sep/2017 22:58:07

    There are 10 cottages in a courtyard formation off Agars Street overlooking the Gas Cyclinder on Jenkins Street. Dove has them Labelled "Paton's Buildings". I have no memory of images here (other than plague), but there are some shots from Balmain. And I will look for shots from the Observatory ...

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    pellethepoet

    • 08/Sep/2017 23:08:05

    www.sydneyaldermen.com.au/alderman/george-paton/

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    juliestorry

    • 10/Sep/2017 02:13:18

    Wow ... that is a very useful summary of the life of George Paton. Taa ... I have read about him re the Hero, but this is a much wider area of involvement. Born in Largs Scotland ... came out courtesy J. D. Lang ... stonemason ... now to find out something about W. J. MacPherson ... was he a stonemason ... or born in Largs, Scotland ...

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    juliestorry

    • 10/Sep/2017 02:37:56

    Macpherson died in June 1923, having been born in Surry Hills in 1866. He was a gentleman of independent means who lived in Macpherson Street, Mosman. An Anglican, he is buried in Waverley Cemetery. His father was Edward Augustus Macpherson who arrived in 1833 as a 10 month old. Who chose Edward's father to arrive in this country, and what were the circumstances under which he came ...

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    juliestorry

    • 10/Sep/2017 02:50:30

    Some of the independent means are evident in this link. There is an 1890 family photo, but no clues as to identity. But the sandstone link endures ... www.athomeinnorthsydney.com.au/warringah-lodge.html

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    juliestorry

    • 18/Sep/2017 03:38:24

    Paton's Buildings can be seen in this shot of Darling Harbour. I know Macpherson got up that far because one of the photos in this album is of the Glover Cottages on Kent Street. www.flickr.com/photos/powerhouse_museum/2362692823/in/pho...

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