Try to find the spot where the photographer was standing.
Due to the lack of trams but evidence of tram infrastructure, I think this is about November / December1899. The George Street tramway had a soft opening with no ceremony on 8 December 1899 ( trove.nla.gov.au/ndp/del/article/14260902 ). After that time there would have been trams everywhere; they ran every few minutes and helped rid the streets of horse-drawn buses, still evident in this picture.
Several other Tyrrell Collection photos have turned up on Flickr showing George Street with tram lines, poles, and wires, but no trams. Were they taken as a record of pre-tramway traffic about December 1899?
Also not evident here is the Sydney Harbour Trust building (opened 1903) about to be built behind the Anthony Hordern advertisement, in front of the Fire Station.
www.flickr.com/photos/state-records-nsw/2715092837/. It would have taken at least a year to build.
Neither is any demolition of slums in The Rocks apparent; surely a sign this is before 1900?
Similar view about 10 years later (1909?) - www.flickr.com/photos/patopostcards/2170520985/
[http://www.flickr.com/photos/beachcomberaustralia] Yes, you are right, again! We had a lot of interest in this photo, from the tram lines to the cost of a ferry ticket to Manly. We've added a c.1899 date to this image.
Thanks everyone for your help!
Star Photo Co., c.1900-1910, State Library of NSW - acms.sl.nsw.gov.au/item/itemDetailPaged.aspx?itemID=413360
http://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected] Another great find. The Australian Town & Country Journal looks like it could prove to be a valuable resource for us picture researchers.
http://www.flickr.com/photos/pellethepoet What a great comparison! Thanks pellethepoet for noticing that, and thank you to State Records NSW for sharing the image.
http://www.flickr.com/photos/anmm_thecommons beachcomberaustralia would have noticed if I hadn't got in first! :)
2 weeks ago
a contributor from Sydney, Australia suggested this image
location is -33.8616, 151.212