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Sydney from Government House 1858 photographer William Blackwood

These two panels of Sydney Cove are part of an eleven-section panorama of Sydney 3.25 metres long, taken from the tower of Government House by William Blackwood. Freeman Brothers had made a ten-section view from Observatory Hill a month earlier, but no known copies exist. The Sydney Morning Herald recommended Blackwood’s panorama as an aide-mémoire.

'Whether lounging in your easy chair at home, in some crowded thoroughfare, dull back street, or, what many a bushman will grumblingly declare some still duller place, in the "far lone bush", you can, by Blackwood’s Panorama, recal [sic] each well-known nook and corner without any effort whatever.'

PXA 426, two albumen prints 19.0 x 29.2 cm each, Alan Davies, An Eye For Photography, State Library of New South Wales, 2004. See collection record

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