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The troop ships depart Sydney for Sudan 1885

June 17th, 2013 by

85/1285-1337 Glass negative, full plate, 'Departure of NSW Troops for the Soudan No 9', Henry King, Sydney, Australia, 1885

This is another image in a series of photographs by the Sydney based photographer Henry King, that document the parade of the New South Wales Contingent through Sydney on their departure for the Sudan on 3 March 1885. This photograph shows the troops as they near the steamers which would take them to war. The ships are the white hulled SS Australasia (in front), and the twin funnelled SS Iberia.

The image is probably taken from Fort Macquarie, which was located roughly where the Opera House stands today and looks across Circular Quay to the docks near the Rocks – where the overseas terminal is located today.

 Tragedy at the heads

The departure of the troopships was marked by tragedy. Two women, including the wife of one of soldiers, were killed when  the SS Iberia collided with another steamer,  the Nemesis near Sydney Heads.  The Nemesis was crowded with passengers seeing off the troops.

Photography by Henry King studio (85/1285-459)
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