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Pyrmont Bridge

Charles Kerry & Co1902

Museum of Applied Arts and Sciences

Museum of Applied Arts and Sciences

Glass negative, half plate, 'Pyrmont Bridge', Kerry and Co., Sydney, New South Wales, Australia, c.1902-1917.

Silver gelatin dry plate glass negative in landscape format. The image depicts the Pyrmont Bridge, Sydney. This image is printed in David P. Millar's book 'Charles Kerry's Federation Australia'. Millar states that the image has been taken from the operating tower of Pyrmont Bridge. The image looks back towards the city and the bridge scene dominates the centre and foreground of the image. Numerous horsedrawn vehicles are depicted including hansom cabs, omnibuses and commercial and private carriages and wagons. A Bowrey Brother's vehicle can be seen in the foreground travelling towards the city. A Metropolitan Ice Company Ltd. vehicle can be seen in the foreground travelling towards Pyrmont. Waugh's Pyrmont omnibus service can be seen in the background. Other vehicles are depicted carrying materials such as wool, wood and boxes and bags of supplies.

The background of the image depicts the densely developed urban environment of the Sydney city business district. Town Hall can be seen in the upper right side of the image and the dome of the Queen Victoria Building can be partially seen in the upper left side of the image. Steamers can be seen docked at Darling Harbour on the left side of the image. Pedestrians can be seen crossing Pyrmont Bridge on both the left and right sides. A street sweeper is depicted on the right side of the image, standing on the footpath. The caption, studio mark and number are inscribed on the reverse of the negative.

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