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Sydney from a balloon 1904 photographer Melvin Vaniman

Vaniman had difficulty finding a suitable viewpoint to record Sydney and began experimenting in October 1903 with a balloon imported from America and a special camera he built for the task.The Sydney Mail recorded his success:

'The other day, from 600ft. [180 metres] above Dr. Hay’s residence at the Crow’s Nest, North Sydney, there was accomplished a unique feat in photography. A picture was taken embracing in one vast panorama Sydney Harbour from north to the Heads to Parramatta River, with the whole vast stretch a the city, Botany Bay, the North Shore suburbs, and the southern, eastern, and some of the western suburbs'.

DL Pg 43 platinum print 39.3 x1195 cm, Alan Davies, An Eye For Photography, State Library of New South Wales, 2004. See collection record

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