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Author Archives: Geoff Barker

Frederick E Ives Inventor of the Half-Tone Process

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Photographic print of the inventor Frederick E Ives in his laboratory 1936, Powerhouse Museum, 2012/91/5. This image was created on Ives’s 80th birthday, 17 February… More


Tweed Mill and Factory, Lithgow, New South Wales, 1877-1879

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This is an early view of the Cooerwull Mill built in 1837. It was the first factory to operate in the Lithgow District and started… More


Exterior view of Esk Valley brick factory, Lithgow,

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The Esk Bank Brickwork’s was one of the earliest set up in the Lithgow area. It was started in 1874 by Enoch Hughs to make… More


Esk Bank Ironworks, Lithgow Valley

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This is one of three significant early views of the Esk Bank Ironworks which were donated to the Powerhouse Museum by the Royal Australian Historical… More


Coke-hearth furnaces, Esk Bank Ironworks, Lithgow

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At the centre of this image we can see the blast furnace which was undergoing repairs, while on to the left is the smoke stack… More


Annette Kellerman in One-Piece Swimsuit, Miami, 1937

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This is an original press portrait of the Australian swimming/diving champ and vaudeville actress Annette Kellerman. This more personal portrait shows Kellerman alongside the young… More


World’s First Mechanical Heart Donated to the Smithsonian

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This rare photograph shows the prototype of the first mechanical heart being donated to the SmithsonianMuseumin theUnited States. Announced to the world in 1952 this… More


Anthony Horden & Sons. George St and Hay St

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This photograph is of the corner of George St and Hay St. was taken around 1910. On the right side of the street you can… More


Casey’s Hotel. George St and Liverpool st

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This photograph of the corner of Liverpool and George streets shows Caseys’ Hotel on the left-hand corner. This hotel was demolished around 1940 to make… More


Brickfield Hill, George St and Liverpool St

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This photograph was taken looking south down George Street from northwest corner of the intersection with Liverpool Street. This area used to be known as… More