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Fun in the trees

June 10th, 2013 by

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According to the Sydney Evening News, when Mr Frances Adams, General Manager of the Australian Joint Stock bank departed with his family for Europe on the 9th of April in 1892, some 200 gentlemen, officers of the Bank and their friends, were on board the steamer Leveret accompanying the RMS Ormuz to The Heads to bid Mr Adams and his family a final farewell. The Adams family were reportedly ‘overwhelmed’ with flowers and their departure was accompanied by cheers from the smaller vessel, which returned to Circular Quay around 1.30pm.

It appears that the celebrations may have continued on into the afternoon. The image above looks ordinary enough: a group of men posed together, but a closer look reveals something strange going on in the trees behind, (see detail below). No less than three photographs were taken on this occasion and in each photograph two of the men are positioned in the trees wearing different clothing and posed in different positions. The other two photographs will be posted over the coming weeks.

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Photography by unattributed studio, Tyrrell Collection

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