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Circular Quay, Sydney, 1885

Reference Code: GBR/0115/RCS/Y3086J/47

Scope and Contents

190 x 140 mm. A view of moored shipping taken from the west side of the quay which stretches around Sydney Cove, and looking towards the east side. A vast reclamation project created the quay in the years 1837-1844, putting ten acres of mudflat behind a sea wall. Well before this, however, the west side of the quay was the site of Sydney's first shipbuilding dock and in 1789 the first vessel built in Australia was launched from here. Government House can be seen on the horizon beyond the east side of the quay.


  • Creation: 1885

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Physical Characteristics and Technical Requirements

Poor condition, considerable fading and some dirt marks.

Related Materials

For a similar photograph, taken from a more northerly point, see Y3086J/48.



Finding aid date

2003-07-28 11:47:04+00:00

Includes index.

Repository Details

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