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Fairfax glass negative collection

Posted by: Fairfax Media | 4 December, 2012 - 8:17 AM

Fairfax Media has donated a collection of about 13,000 photographic glass plate negatives to the National Library of Australia. With the assistance of Commonwealth Government funding, the National Library of Australia will preserve, catalogue and digitise the collection and make it publicly available online. These photos document Australia’s history and should be widely accessible.


 These national treasures consist of images largely taken by The Sydney Morning Herald photographers during the early 1900s to the 1930s. There was just one photographer at The Sydney Morning Herald in 1908 and by 1930 there were 12. That group were responsible for creating many of these important images.

While the images show some great historic events – the opening of the Sydney Harbour Bridge, the great flights of Sir Charles Kingsford Smith, the opening of Parliament House – the most powerful images are those that document the everyday lives of ordinary Australians, particularly during the war and depression years.

More photographs can be viewed here.




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