Sunday, December 2, 2012

Old Photographs

This weekend I was able to get some work done on the inside including hanging this picture that I've had knocking around for some years.

Not a brilliant pic I know but it shows how the bulkhead was designed to take this particular picture.

And I also know it's not an authentic QR picture but from an NSW carriage. I remember these pictures in the dog-boxes that I sometimes used to catch home from school. They depicted various views of NSW in an early attempt to promote tourism (and thus train travel) across the state. This particular couplet features Jenolan Caves, a favourite location of mine appealing to my geological bent.

Legend has it that the great photographer Frank Hurley actually took many of these shots for the NSW railways but there is no way of finding out who the original photographer is on these two photographs. I fancy though that, because of the contrast and technique used as well as the then difficult to reach locality, this would be just the kind of shot that Frank would have taken.

Now they grace the bulkhead behind the dining area providing a beautiful and authentic(-ish) setting for the diners.

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