Try to find the spot where the photographer was standing.
What fun! To get that height and distance from the NEW lighthouse, the photo must have been taken from the OLD one.
Looking west, Sydney Harbour in background.
See www.flickr.com/photos/state-records-nsw/3793505443/ and www.flickr.com/photos/state-records-nsw/3793505537/
More - www.lighthouse.net.au/lights/nsw/Macquarie/Macquarie.htm#...
All those knobs in top hats - I wonder if one of them is the architect James Barnet - en.wikipedia.org/wiki/James_Barnet . Perhaps the fellow with the pale topper and big nose?
Isn't it a great photo! I think you're right about it being taken from the old lighthouse.
I've replaced this with a larger version to see if we can see a bit more of that face you have pointed out...the shadows on the cheekbones look similar don't they?
Thanks, State Records NSW, the large version shows astonishing detail, but I can't make a match yet.
Second thoughts - I would say that is a definite match. Here is another portrait of him - www.sydneyarchitecture.com/ARCH/ARCH-Barnet.htm. I wonder who the others are? A Premier, various Ministers, hangers-on, and children. The photo-op for NSW pollies is nothing new!
Hey beachcomberaustralia, great work in identifying James Barnet!
Here's another photo from State Records that I'd say was certainly taken by the same photographer on the same day.
Note the composition of the group, with Barnet on the left, and the man in the pale suit who was mostly in shadow in the image atop the lighthouse. You can see the old lighthouse where the photographer was standing with the light apparatus already removed - which should help date the photos further. There are two more associated photos at State Records: 1 & 2
As the headkeeper from 1846-1897, Joseph Siddons may have been part of the group. I wonder if we can track down a photo of him to compare?
The lighthouse.net.au website has a good history of the Macquarie lighthouse and also lists the lighhouse keepers:
what a fab shot
There is an exhibition currently showing at the Australian National Maritime Museum to mark the 200th anniversary of Governor Lachlan Macquarie's legacy: Macquarie's Light 18 August - 7 November 2010.
http://www.flickr.com/photos/pellethepoet I hope they know about this photo! A similar one appears in their 'silent movie'. There is a useful pdf blurb link at the bottom of their page.
http://www.flickr.com/photos/beachcomberaustralia http://www.flickr.com/photos/pellethepoet Thanks for this info about the exhibition, it looks interesting!
Wondering if the gentleman to the left of James Barnet in the Top Hat is Sir John Robertson, who lived locally at 'Clovelly', Watsons Bay, and was five times NSW Premier?
http://www.flickr.com/photos/beachcomberaustralia Quite likely ... but I also think one man with a long white beard looks pretty much like any other man with a long white beard.
[EDIT - There used to be a link to a cartoon of SANTA here ... moving on ... ]
The original lighthouse was designed by convict architect Francis Greenway who won his freedom by doing a good job. Greenway warned Governor Macquarie that the sandstone quarried locally was exceptionally porous and indeed that's why they had to build a replacement lighthouse.
A tweaked and cropped version might help ...
The "another photo" talked about by https://www.flickr.com/photos/pellethepoet in comment 5 above is now on flickr ...
https://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected] Love it! You could well be right. Keep guessing ...
https://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected] I think you might have cracked it with 22/8/1883 - my birthday, which would explain my fascination with the photo. As I said before, Sir John Robertson looks very like the fellow on the left of James Barnet, and they could be his children or grandchildren - notice the different style of hat to Hixson & son's bowlers.
Sir John Robertson's house 'Clovelly' at Watson's Bay where they had lunch (I don't dare suggest this was the same day!) -
And the "machinery" they all went to inspect - probably photographed on the same day -
http://www.flickr.com/photos/beachcomberaustralia 131 years old!!! No wonder you're so wise - and cranky. :) (My birthday tomorrow).
https://www.flickr.com/photos/pellethepoet Happy Birthday, young man!
https://www.flickr.com/photos/state-records-nsw Exploration of your dungeons required, please.
http://www.flickr.com/photos/beachcomberaustralia http://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected] I was hoping I'd get some cake today. Thanks!
Recent photo by https://www.flickr.com/photos/angeljim46/ of James Barnet's gravestone at Rookwood ...
[https://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]] Bingo indeed! I bet these photos are in those volumes.
According to this - trove.nla.gov.au/ndp/del/article/70999990 - there was no "opening ceremony" on Friday 1/6/1883, but there was a visit by various named knobs after dark (ie not this occasion) - full details here - trove.nla.gov.au/ndp/del/article/13536151 .
Here we go AGAIN ! The laying of the foundation stone 1/3/1880...
Name the VIPs ...
Three Cheers for https://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected] ...
Hip hip ...
Hip hip ...
https://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected] That's a thorough and compelling piece of research. It sounds highly likely that the 13th July 1883 is the date of this photograph. I'll add it to the caption.
Amazing research [https://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]]! And well done also to [https://www.flickr.com/photos/beachcomberaustralia]. 6 years of thorough research has paid off...and just in time for AMSA's lighthouse centenary.