This collection of photographs is from Arthur Perry of Epping, NSW. Arthur is a retired railway worker and amateur photographer and has been involved with Railway & Tramway Historical Association for many years. The majority of the photographs were taken during the period 1947-1950 while Arthur worked as a photographer, and largely relate to the Newcastle Tram System in its final years.
The collection was kindly loaned to the University of Newcastle in October, 2019 for digitisation.
The Arthur Perry Tram Collection can be viewed here:
The tram line started service in 1887 and operated between the Newcastle and Wallsend areas, beginning with steam trams which were eventually upgraded to electric trams in the 1920s on most lines.
However by 1950, the Newcastle tram system faced closure for various reasons, with the Wallsend Line seeing its final service in June of that year.
While the trams were gone, places such as the Newcastle Depot at Hamilton still saw use as a hub for the local buses. The memorial which stood in front of the depot still exists today.
Along with the main collection of images is a sub-collection of Arthur Perry’s photograph negatives, some of which do not have a duplicate in the main collection.
The digitisation of these archives took place in the GLAMx Lab at the Auchmuty Library and was made possible by the kind generosity of the Vera Deacon Regional History Fund. To continue this valuable work please consider making a donation to the Fund. If you have any information about this image, please contact Cultural Collections or add a Recollection, using these instructions.
Digitisation Officer 13 March 2020