This post was created on the 3 September 2018 in response to email below, to assist our colleagues at NSW State Archives and Records to identify and date a number of Newcastle images in their collection. See comments below for discussion relating to the dating of the images. Thanks for your help!
“Date: Monday, 3 September 2018 at 12:06 pm
Subject: Newcastle scenes – 1880
Dear Cultural Collections team
NSW State Archives is developing an exhibition featuring ‘The Queen’s Album’ – an album of photographs of 64 scenes of New South Wales, put together by the Government Printing Office in 1880 and presented to Queen Victoria in 1882. The majority of the images are part of the Government Printing Office glass negatives collection held by NSW State Archives. There are a handful of images, like those attached, that we have not as yet located as part of the GPO collection. The description of the album states that most of the images come from GPO, but that others might come from other collections.
I was wondering, therefore, if the attached images were familiar to you and whether you had come across them in your work or as part of your collection. I apologise for the poor quality of the images attached – they are taken from an early example of the album held by the State Library of New South Wales.
Thank you in advance for taking a look – it is much appreciated.
Bonnie Wildie | Assistant Curator, Exhibitions”