Graeme

Sydney People
Graeme

Photographer, archivist and 
Sydney harbour enthusiast  

“As a child I went to Fort Street Primary School by the ferry from Mosman Bay and got to know the skippers and deckhands and occasionally even fell into the water.

I've 'lived' the harbour for about 70 years and my collection of 10,000 images is my tribute to a place that was - the future is for someone else to image and evaluate.

I chose the City’s Archives as the final destination for my images because it offered space and reason and seemed to have very little on display concerning the greater port and its facilities.

In the 1970s I was contacted by a man down at Balmain who’d worked for the ferry company and wanted to give me pictures dating back to the 1900s, which he stored in a box under his bed.

Three weeks later he was dead and when I went to his house his wife answered and I asked her about the photographs and she said she burnt them.

So about 10 years ago I started dispersing my photographs to various organisations, libraries and museums around Australia, because when I die, my wife Winsome won’t know what to do with them.”

Take a step back in time and browse through the City's Archive Pix




Take a step back in time and browse through the City's Archive Pix

Last updated: Tuesday, 12 August 2014