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A princely view of the Blue Mountains

March 25th, 2013 by

Positive image from a scan of a Powerhouse Museum, Tyrrell Collection, glass plate negative

This photograph is another glass plate negative from the Tyrrell Collection. It shows a spectacular view of the Jamison Valley taken from Wentworth Falls in the Blue Mountains to the West of Sydney.

The image shows the tall sandstone cliffs and steep ravines for which the Blue Mountains are famous. On the right, a lookout with a stone wall can be seen. This is the Princes Rock Lookout, now part of the Overcliff Track. This lookout was constructed in 1867-68 especially for the Royal visit of the Duke of Edinburgh, Prince Alfred, second son of Queen Victoria. The Prince traveled by train to Weatherboard (now Wentworth Falls) and was then treated to a splendid luncheon in tents near the falls. Unfortunately for the Prince a thick mist obscured the view.

The exact date of this photograph is unknown although clearly it was not taken on the day of the Prince’s visit. Weatherboard Falls were renamed Wentworth Falls in 1879.

This glass plate negative is one of 2900 Kerry & Co. photographs in the Powerhouse Museum’s ‘Tyrrell Collection’ once owned by Sydney bookseller, James Tyrrell.

Post by Lynne McNairn, Digital Services

Photography by Kerry & Co.
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