photos and stories from the Powerhouse Museum
This image comes from the Phillips photographic collection that consists of 193 glass plate negatives taken between 1890 and 1920. We have dated this waterfall image to have been taken in 1895. There was not a lot of documentation with this collection and therefore we are not certain about many of the locations. One of our prolific members in Flickr (thank you lifeasdaddy) has posted a comment that this waterfall image may have been taken at Willoughby Falls in Sydney. The collection is mainly Sydney-centric so it is possible that it is has been taken at Primrose Park in Willoughby where the falls are located. There are two other images from the Tyrrell collection that were taken at the falls which you can view here and here to compare.
According to North Sydney Council the falls are situated in the western gully and used to be a favourite spot for a picnic. This map shows you where Primrose Park is located. Are you familiar with this area and do you have any stories about Willoughby Falls, we would love to hear about them!
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