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Images from a display illustrating anecdotes of early local resident James Arthur Dowling and others as part of the 2011 Heritage Festival.
Postcard of Rushcutters Bay with boatsheds in the foreground and the 'ladies and gents baths' in the distance, early 20th century
Postcard of boatsheds along New Beach Road at Rushcutters Bay, early 20th century
The New South Wales Naval Brigade at Rushcutters Bay, prior to departure to the Boxer Rebellion, 1900
Tram on New South Head Road approaching Mona Road, Edgecliff, c1918
Ivisons's Garage and shops along New South Heath Road at the corner of Darling Point Road, Edgecliff, 1929 (Photo: Herbert Shaw)
Greenoaks Avenue, Double Bay, looking towards 'Ecclesbourne' from below 'Bishopscourt', 1929
Tennis match in the grounds of 'Brooksby', 45 Ocean Avenue, Double Bay, 1930s
'Yatalunga', 87-89 Yarranabbe Road, Darling Point, the home of Henry Barre Phipps in the late 1920s"
Relaxing by the pool on the shores of Darling Point at 'Yatalunga', late 1920s
Double Bay foreshore looking towards houses at Darling Point, early 20th century
Postcard of Rushcutters Bay showing the shoreline before reclamation was completed in the 1880s
Postcard of Darling Point and the house 'Lansdowne', today the site of McKell Park, late 19th century
Postcard of the beach in front of Steyne Park, Double Bay, late 19th century
The 200th anniversary of the building of the Old South Head Road was commemorated on 6 June 2011 at Watsons Bay. The construction of the road to South Head commenced on 25 March 1811 and was undertaken by 21 soldiers of Lachlan Macquarie's 73rd Regiment. The road followed the approximate route of an earlier track cleared to the look-out post (later site of the Signal Station) and was completed in ten weeks.
Initially referred to as the South Head Road, it became known as the Old South Head Road to distinguish it from the New South Head Road built along the Harbour's edge from 1831. Part of the road, from Paddington to Bondi Junction, was gradually renamed Oxford Street from 1875. A stone obelisk marking the road's completion stands near Robertson Park, Watsons Bay.
The stone obelisk at Watsons Bay
Inscription on the stone obelisk marking the completion of the road to South Head
Old South Head Road from recreation land near the Macquarie Lighthouse, 1920s
A section of Oxford Street was closed to create the Oxford Mall at Bondi Junction in 1979
Oxford Street looking east from William Street, Paddington, 1910
Old South Head Road approaching Watsons Bay, passing the Signal Station (right) and the Congregational Church and South Head Family Hotel (left), c1894
Tram on the Old South Head Road approaching the Macquarie Lighthouse, early 20th century
View of Watsons Bay, the stone obelisk sited at the fence line in front of Dunbar House, c1905
Map of Vaucluse and Watsons Bay showing the route of the South Head Road from the flagstaff down to Watsons Bay and the stone obelisk, c1860
Postcard of Watsons Bay, the Old South Head Road reaching its end at the Bay, early 20th century
Dressing-up is an age-old, universal amusement. These images from our collection showcases the joys of dressing up, whether for a fancy dress carnival, for the school play or for the local team.
Sydney's White City amusement park, which forms a backdrop to a number of these images, operated seasonally between 1913 and 1917, occupying for the summer months some 10 acres of ground at Rushcutters Bay. This temporary world of artificial lakes and mountains, novelty rides and themed attractions drew Sydney revellers by the thousands.
A fairy and a native American warrior pose for the family camera, c1919. Otherwise known as Ruth and Richard Parker, the children were the 4 year old daughter and 6 year old son of Dr Leslie Parker. The setting is the garden of Amadown, the family home in Rose Bay.
Vi Lavery of Double Bay in fancy dress costume based on 'Turf' cigarette boxes for a fundraising costume party, c1920s.
Members of the Lavery family and others in fancy dress costume, c1920. Fund raising fancy dress parties were held to raise money for various causes such as supporting injured soldiers from the First World War.
Members of the Paddington Baseball Team and umpire, 1909. The team were the leaders in the local competition and were dressed in their uniform for a match held in July at the Sydney Cricket Ground against visiting Columbia Park, a baseball team from California.
Proudly wearing the Captain's jersey is young Jack Garret (back row fourth from left), the linchpin of Rose Bay Public School's 1910
Dressed for drama, young performers from the Vaucluse Grammar School are captured in character before a performance at the Rose Bay Hall in 1916. The play, a theatrical adaption of Charles Dickens' "Pickwick Papers", was overseen by the school's Headmaster, Mr Dimlow (pictured left, back row).
Young actor, Lawrence H Cecil, in costume, early 20th century (Photographer: May Moore). May Moore and her sister Minnie specialised in photographs of actors, musicians, writers and artists. Lawrence Cecil was an Australian actor and producer whose career took him abroad for a number of years before he returned to Australia and settled in Double Bay.
Lawrence H Cecil (standing) and another actor in costume for a stage production, undated (Photographer: Rew Hoffman). Australian actor and producer, Lawrence Cecil, starred in a number of Broadway productions between 1928 and 1930 including "Twelfth Night" in which he played Sir Toby Belch (possibly featured in this photograph).
Sarah and Kitty Lavery with friends in fancy dress costume at a gala night, at the White City Amusement Park, Rushcutters Bay, c1914. Sarah Lavery, who lived in Court Road, Double Bay, ran a dressmaking business in the city while sister Kitty was a manicurist.
Una Syms and Hope Major in fancy dress costume at a Gala night, at the White City Amusement Park, Rushcutters Bay, c1914. White City management advertised gala nights and fancy dress carnivals where prizes were awarded for the best costumes.
The Japanese Village at Sydney's White City amusement park, c1914. The village offered a glimpse into an imagined world of Japanese culture, complete with this tableau vivant wearing traditional dress.
Roller skating instructors at White City amusement park, Rushcutters Bay, c1914. The 'Vice-regal rink' was advertised as offering a 'perfect floor, clean, fast, no dust and noiseless' open air skating rink. The smart jackets worn by the roller skating instructors included braiding and decorative fastenings (frogs) reminiscent of military uniform.
Woollahra Council's floral float, 1938. Part of Australia's sesquicentenary celebrations of 1938, Council's elaborate float featured young women and small girls in costumes representing native Australian flora.