This image, from the Hall collection of photographs which documented recreational boating in Sydney Harbour from the 1890s to the 1930s, shows a portside view of the 12 footer yacht, identified as COMMONWEALTH, sailing on Sydney Harbour.
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Title: 12 footer COMMONWEALTH sailing on Sydney Harbour
Creator: William James Hall
Date: 1890s – 1930s
Type: Glass plate negative
Significance: The Hall collection of photographs provides an important pictorial record of recreational boating in Sydney Harbour, from the 1890s to the 1930s – from large racing and cruising yachts, to the many and varied skiffs jostling on the harbour, to the new phenomenon of motor boating in the early twentieth century. The collection also includes images of the many spectators and crowds who followed the sailing races.