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Working Harbour

Treasure trove unearthed



Graeme Andrews OAM began taking and collecting photographs of Sydney’s ferries at the age of 17, but his passion grew to embrace everything on and around the water, until he had around 100,000 photographs stored at his home.

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Countless ship-to-shore memories

The history of Sydney's working harbour since the 1850s has been captured for generations to come within the City of Sydney's Archives.

Many of the photographs in the collection – some 10,000 images – were recently donated to the City by Graeme Andrews OAM, who started snapping and collecting photos of Sydney's ferries when he was 17, but his passion grew to embrace everything on and around the water.

The Working Harbour collection features photos from Mr Andrew's collection that cover the large area of waterways between Lake Macquarie to the north of Sydney, south to Port Kembla and west to the Nepean River.

There are dozens of photos of well-known ferries as well as images of both Sydney Harbour Bridge and the AMP skyscraper being constructed, and wharves being built at Darling Harbour in 1909.

A selection of images can be viewed in the photo gallery below.

The Working Harbour collection also includes images by other passionate photographers, such as Rob Montgomery, Fred Saxon and the Dufty family of ship photographers, who made their living selling photographs to ships' passengers and crew in the early 1900s.

To view more of the collection, visit ArchivePix and search for 'Graeme Andrews'.

Feature image: Car ferry Kedumba beneath the Sydney Harbour Bridge under construction, August 1930.

Photo credit: City of Sydney Archives

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Last updated: Thursday, 9 January 2014