Sydney - corner of Pitt and Spring Streets

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Where: 10 Spring St, Sydney NSW 2000, Australia

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Corner of Pitt and Spring Streets (showing horse tram line)
Dated: pre-1880
Digital ID: 15344_a044_000033
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From an album of photos of Sydney Harbour and environs, major buildings in Sydney, provincial centres and rural New South Wales. There is a note inside the album cover saying This album was purchased from J. Degotardi, Department of Public Works, in 1913 - price £20.

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Owner: NSW State Archives and Records
Source: Flickr Commons
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    • 24/May/2013 06:59:46


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    • 24/May/2013 09:05:10

    [[email protected]] Yes, I think they are taxi-cabs or whatever they were called then (1870s?). See This was a popular corner for photographers - A&APC - Charles Pickering (? c.1871) - [] Charles Kerry (after 1891 with Lands Department Building) - []

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    • 28/Jan/2015 07:52:29

    [[email protected]] Good grief, you are having fun with this. I'm not sure what you are trying to show, but maybe this 1899 view from the other direction (with associated links in the comments) might be useful ... [] Pitt Street had only fairly recently happened near Spring Street at the time of this Degotardi photo (1865-ish?). See the 1858 map - , and compared to the 1822 map where the Tank Stream was yet to be covered over -

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    • 28/Jan/2015 08:24:37

    WooHoo! I just noticed the TRAM LINES - see bottom left. ... "Sydney's first tram was horse-drawn, running from the old Sydney Railway station to Circular Quay along Pitt Street. Built in 1861, the design was compromised by the desire to haul railway freight wagons along the line to supply city businesses, in addition to passenger traffic. This resulted in a track that protruded from the road surface and damaged the wheels of wagons trying to cross it. Hard campaigning by competing omnibus owners - as well as a fatal accident involving the leading Australian musician Isaac Nathan in 1864 - led to closure in 1866. " - from Attn - [] - Sydney's first tramline alert!

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    • 28/Jan/2015 09:58:19

    [[email protected]] Yes, but the photo may be by William Hetzer - see complicated research by [] on another photo in the album ... []

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    • 29/Jan/2015 20:45:43

    [[email protected]] That's a good detailed article about the first tram, thank you. I think this part of Pitt Street looked best when it was still a creek estuary, c.1787 !

1 year ago a contributor from Sydney, Australia suggested this image location is -33.8648, 151.209