Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Old Sydney on Camera (and Trove Tuesday)

A combination of a post for the blogging prompt celebrating the wonderful resource Trove, and a reminder of our next family history group meeting, to be held this Saturday 4 May.

The morning session starts at 11am in our research rooms and will cover English Parishes and Counties with plenty of time for Q&A.

The afternoon meeting starts at 2pm in the meeting room (between Gordon Library and our Research Rooms) in the Old Gordon Public School on Pacific Highway Gordon.

The guest speaker, Richard Whitaker, will tell the story of Sydney in photographs from 1841 when the first photograph was taken.

Visitors are welcome and afternoon tea is provided.

According to an entry in Wikipedia:
The first photograph taken in Australia, a view of Bridge Street (now lost) is believed to have been taken by a visiting naval captain, Captain Augustin Lucas (1804-1854) in 1841, as indicated by a note published in the Australasian Chronicle for 13 April of that year. Lucas arrived in Sydney aboard the Justine, captained by his younger brother Francois Lucas.

Here is the note from the Chronicle:

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