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937270
  • Title
    Wilcannia, 1935-1937 / photographed by Rev. Edward ("Ted") Alexander Roberts
  • Creator
  • Call number
    SLIDES 183
  • Level of description
    Collection
  • Date

    1935-1937
  • Type of material
  • Reference code
    937270
  • Issue Copy
    Digitised
  • Physical Description
    168 slides (3 boxes) - 8.2 x 8.2 cm - glass, including 12 Dufay colour
  • ADMINISTRATIVE/ BIOGRAPHICAL HISTORY

    Edward ("Ted") Alexander Roberts was born in Arncliffe in 1907. He completed training to be a Methodist minister in 1935 and his first posting was to Wilcannia where he spent about two years. He died in 1974 having spent the whole of the intervening period as a minister in various parts of (mostly country) NSW and Darwin.
    He left a collection of glass slides and an album of prints from his time in Wilcannia. There is some overlap between the slides and the prints. The slides are mostly black and white, with a few coloured, and the prints are all black and white. There are a few slides of maps, illustrated religious sayings, a hymn by George Ellis Aickin, a swagman's poem by "Jump Off Joe" Simons and a "Finis" slide which were used as the introduction to talks. This is why the original numbering does not coincide with the digitised numbering.
    The disc contains digital copies of the slides and prints, with the exception of a few which are of poor quality. They have been cropped to 5" x 7". The prints can be identified by the letter "p" after the number. Some of the slides have captions and they are on the digital copies in upper case. Where possible, further descriptive captions have been added and they are in lower case. A separate list of captions on the disc, was copied to become the basis of the Contents list. The Library is going to photograph all the glass slides; so the disc supplied will not be not loaded to the Library Catalog.
    The photos are of a wide geographical area centred on Wilcannia. The district covered by the Wilcannia church, the Far West Mission, is shown on the digitised map. Also attached is a current map on which grazing properties mentioned in the photo captions are circled. These are Yantara O/S, Salisbury Downs, Bootra, Wonga Lilli, Black Gate, Tintinallogy, Mount Manara, Baden Park and Marfield.

    Reference:
    Library correspondence file
  • Scope and Content
    1 Wilcannia
    2 Bridge cottage
    3 Wilcannia
    4 Wilcannia park
    5 PO Wilcannia
    6 Bridge cottage & Wilcannia bridge (Dufaycolour)
    7 Bridge cottage & Chevrolet ute (Dufaycolour)
    8 Donkeys with bridge cottage in background
    9 River Darling from air
    10 River Darling from air
    10p Wilcannia bridge - sheep crossing
    11 Irrigation
    12 SS picnic Wowser Bend ?
    13 SS picnic Wowser Bend
    14 Launch on Darling
    15 Warwick’s bend
    15p Darling River
    16 Darling River just above Wilcannia bridge (Dufaycolour)
    16p Darling River
    17 Murray cod
    18 Cattle crossing bridge - Wilcannia
    19 Jack the Swede
    20 Charlie Sue
    21 Cobar mail
    23 Sydney 'plane & Skeet (Alan Roberts at right)
    24 Adelaide Airways 'plane
    25 Plane & patient 1935 (E A Roberts at left)
    27 Chevrolet truck
    28 Snooks
    29 Cobar road after rain
    30 Cobar road
    31 First 'plane Wilcannia aerodrome 1935
    32 Official function first air service
    33 Sydney airmail first air service
    34 Plane Gannet (Dufaycolour)
    35 J Parker, Dr Cole, self (E A Roberts)
    35p [Tent, fire and camp]
    36 Small’s Gannet
    37 Cobar road
    38 Cobar road
    39 Cobar Road
    40 Occidental mine Cobar
    41 Occidental mine Cobar
    43 “Mount Manara”
    44 “Mount Manara”
    45 Camping out
    46 “Marfield” country
    47 Emus on Marfield
    48 Hut “Marfield” Station
    49 Road through The Mulgas
    51 Creek Menindee road
    52 Menindee road
    53 Menindee road
    54 Menindee Bridge (32 class and goods train)
    55p [Plain]
    56 Menindee Empire Day 1936
    57 “Black Gate”
    58 “Black Gate”
    59 At “Black Gate”
    60 Jack Galloway & Lizzie
    61 Lunatic Bend
    62 Lunatic Bend
    63 [Road]
    64 Road near Pooncarie
    65 Pooncarie Sunday School
    66 Camel – Pooncarie
    67 Two bonnie Australians
    68 Children of the outback
    69 The little rebel – Beth
    70p [Weatherboard church]
    71 Darling River & barge
    71p Chevrolet truck
    72 Ramp Tilpa road
    73 Wawick’s ramp
    74 Musterer’s camp – “Bootra”
    75 “Bootra” 1935
    75p Paddle steamer Oscar W at Wilcannia
    76 “Salisbury Downs”
    77 “Salisbury Downs”
    78 On “Salisbury Downs”
    79 On “Salisbury Downs”
    80 Bogged – “Salisbury Downs”
    81 Stanford – “Yantera”
    82 Off for the mail – “Yantera”
    83 Horses digging (or cleaning) a dam
    84 Tibooburra
    84p First air service
    85 Gold sluice – Tibooburra
    86 Tibooburra
    88 “Yalpunga”
    89 ?
    90 Wilcannia bridge (Dufaycolour)
    91 Wilcannia bridge (Dufaycolour)
    91p Barge on Darling at Wilcannia
    92 Barge on Darling, 1936
    92p [Sheep in the race]
    94 River boat – Wilcannia (Oscar W now at Goolwa)
    94p [House]
    95 River boat – Wilcannia (Oscar W)
    96 Boat unloading (Oscar W & barge Culnine)
    97 Boat at Wilcannia (Oscar W & barge Culnine)
    99 Fred Smith & self [sculling] (E A Roberts centre)
    100 River boat at Wilcannia (Oscar W & barge Culnine)
    100p Wilcannia bridge – horses crossing
    102 River boat unloading
    102p [House]
    103 Wool for the boat
    104 Wool on boat – barge Culnine
    104p [Main street]
    105 Ghan & lead camel Wilcannia Bridge
    105p [Brick church and car]
    106 Camels crossing Wilcannia Bridge
    106p First ‘plane Wilcannia aerodrome 1935
    107 Camel team
    108 Camel team
    109p First ‘plane Wilcannia aerodrome 1935
    111 Bunker Creek
    112 Cane Grass swamp near “Wongalilly”
    113 “Wongalilly”
    115 “Wongalilly”
    115p Camping in Chevrolet truck
    116 Wanaaring
    117 Tongo Creek
    119 Trailer - Pooncarie
    120 Marking – “Baden Park”
    121 “Tintinollegy” 1890 flood mark
    122 [Plain]
    123 Firewood – “Murtee”
    124 Tank erection – “Murtee”
    125 Fresh beef – “Murtee”
    126 Sheep watering – “Murtee”
    127 Sheep – “Murtee”
    128 Sheep – “Murtee”
    129 Sheep – “Murtee”
    130 Sheep – “Murtee”
    131 Branding
    132 [Cattle yard]
    133 [Working cattle]
    134 Branding
    135 Tank erection – “Murtee”
    136 Car & Mrs Pope
    139 [House and Aborigines] (Dufaycolour)
    140 Wilcannia (?) Bank of NSW (Dufaycolour)
    141 [Weatherboard Methodist church] (Dufaycolour)
    142 [River, lake or flood]
    143 Wilcannia (?) (Dufaycolour)
    144 Wilcannia PO (Dufaycolour)
    145 [Sandstone church] (Dufaycolour)
    146a Oscar W

    The Contents list in the digitised album is colour coded. Captions in black are from the original photos; captions in red have beed added using the best information available.
  • Source
    Presented by John Roberts and Brian Roberts,
  • Access Conditions

    Access to this pictures collection via appointment only. Please submit your request through Ask a Librarian
  • Copying Conditions
    Out of copyright: Created before 1955
    Please acknowledge: : Mitchell Library, State Library of New South Wales
  • General note

    VH-UTG British Klemm BK.1 Eagle II was originally imported in April 1935 for Adastra Airways of Mascot. It was sold to R.T. Vincent of Geelong in May of 1936.
    VH-UTV Short S.16/1 Scion was purchased new by Adelaide Airways in 1936, which formed Australian National Airways July 1936 (although operations under that name did not commence until November 1936)
    VH-UUZ Tugan LJW.7 Gannet was operated by Western and Southern Provincial Airlines Ltd of Sydney from November 1935 until it was destroyed in by fire following a crash 2 miles west of Cordeaux Dam, NSW on 19 February, 1936
    VH-UVU Tugan LJW.7 Gannet delivered by Tugan Aircraft in February 1936. It was sold to W.A.S.P. Airlines March 1936

    Reference:
    Ed Coates' Civil Aircraft Photograph Collection. http://www.edcoatescollection.com/ (accessed September 15, 2011)
    Digital order no:Album ID : 957930
  • Alphanumeric designations

    Contents list number added to the top right hand corner of the glass slide; most slides also have Roberts own number on the top right which was not used to arrange the collection
  • Date note

    Number 65. Pooncarie Sunday School : the children stand in front of Holland's Talkies posters advertising the film "Millions in the air" for Tuesday May 4, which gives a date of 1937
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