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  • Title
    Stereographs of Sydney scenes, 1850-1870 / by William Hetzer and J. R. Clarke
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    PXB 698
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  • Physical Description
    23 stereographic prints - albumen, sepia toned, some hand coloured - mounts 8.2 x 17.4 cm or smaller

    In 1858, Sydney photographer William Hetzer advertised that he was preparing ‘a novelty in the pictorial art, which he purposes to publish in its complete form as an album…a judicious selection of 36 stereoscopic views of Sydney – its Harbour, principal buildings, streets and neighbouring scenery..’. The following year he advertised the series had grown to 60 and included ‘pictures of nooks and corners of bush and rock scenery…’. Most of the Hetzer cards bear the stamp of bookseller J R Clarke, indicating that they were purchased there, rather than from the photographer. Clarke sold the work of many photographers, both amateur and professional, and even published them under his own imprint. In 1859, he displayed 18 stereoscopic photographs at the 'Photographic Conversatione' of the Philosophical Society of New South Wales. This collection has 11 stereoscopic photographs with the rare label ‘Views in Sydney and Neighbourhood. J. R. Clarke’.

    Alan Davies, Curator of Photographs, February 2013
  • Scope and Content
    Stereoscopic photographs by William Hetzer:

    1. Macquarie Street South [1859] [Taken from corner of Hunter & Macquarie Streets, looking south. St. Stephens Presbyterian Iron Church on left]
    2. Millers Point - Parramatta River from the Flagstaff [1858] [Handcoloured view, looking across Millers Point to Lord Nelson Hotel on right, with Whalers Arms in centre and Albion House beyond]
    3. Scots Church Sydney [1859] [Looking west along Jamieson Street, past Scots Church to Petty’s Family Hotel]
    4. Enfield Road near Sydney [1858?] [Handcoloured image of bridge over creek. This may be current Georges River Road/Punchbowl Road at Cooks River]
    5. Sydney from the Domain [1859] [Corner Macquarie Street and Bent Street, looking west. The elevated viewpoint indicates the photograph was made from the tower erected over the Sir Richard Bourke statue in May 1859]
    6. North Head Entrance of Port Jackson [1859] [Group of two women and three men, including one with telescope, at the Gap, South Head, looking out to sea]
    7. Sydney Cove No.3 Dawes Battery from Fort Macquarie [1859] [Looking west across Sydney Cove to Campbell’s wharf on left and Dawes Battery on right]
    8. St. James Church Sydney [1858] [Looking from Queen’s Square to St. James Church and west along King Street]
    9. Bent St. Sydney [1859] [Hand coloured view from Phillip Street looking west down Bent Street, past the three storey Pulteney Hotel on left to the Macquarie fountain, demolished
    in 1905]
    10. Sydney Cove no.2 from Fort Macquarie [1859] [Looking south-west across Sydney Cove to The Rocks, with Mariners Church, north George Street, in centre]

    Stereoscopic photographs ‘Views in Sydney & Neighbourhood’ and 'Bush Scenery & C.' by J.R. Clarke:

    11. Circular Quay [Looking east across ship at Campbell’s Wharf to Government House in centre distance]
    12. Pott’s Point from the Domain [Looking east across Woolloomooloo Bay to the residences of Potts Point, including Bomera]
    13. Waterfall near the Willoughby Falls North Shore [Small Willoughby Falls]
    14. Circular Quay [Looking east past moored vessels at southern end of Circular Quay with Belmore Hotel at centre right]
    15. At the ‘Dry Docks’, the Bombay alongside [1862] [Close-up of P&O Bombay at Mort’s Dock, Balmain]
    16. The Dry Dock Balmain [Looking west across Mort’s Dock at Waterview Bay, Balmain. The building on right was severely damaged by a boiler explosion in 1865]
    17. Sydney University Hall North front [Looking west to façade of Great Hall, the University of Sydney]
    18. Stonehenge New England [Bullock teams and drays on Stonehenge station with granite boulders on distant ridge. Stonehenge is 8km south of Glen Innes]
    19. At the North Shore [View along driveway to gates of unknown property]
    20. Blacks Namoi River [Group of aboriginals in open forest]
    21. Garden Island from the Domain [Looking east across Woolloomooloo Bay to Garden Island]

    Stereoscopic photographs without labels:

    22. [Looking south from Dawes Point past ships at Campbell’s wharf to Circular Quay, 1857?]
    23. Military Barracks Paddington [Looking south east from the Greens Road wall past the Garrison Hospital to the main Barrack Block]
  • Copying Conditions
    Out of copyright: Created before 1955.
    Please acknowledge:: Mitchell Library, State Library of New South Wales
  • Variant title

    New South Wales Views in Sydney & Neighbourhood
    New South Wales Bush Scenery & C.
    Stereoscopic views of Sydney and Environs
  • General note

    Digital order no:Album ID : 1036927
  • Signatures / Inscriptions

    Titles in manuscript on verso on labels with printed photographer labels and some typescript labels pasted to mount card
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