On this day…

This image is of a reenactment of the First Fleet of British ships arriving in Sydney Harbour in 1788.

Taken on Australia Day (26th January), this was Australia’s bicentenary in 1988.


On this day: a Christmas party in Australia

Santa Claus meets children in front of the Christmas tree at the Norland Nursing Home in a photograph dated the 16th of December, 1939.

Sydney’s Norland Nurseries ran between 1908 and 1945. The Nurseries took children on a permanent basis, and also catered for families who needed temporary accommodation.


On this day: the 1934 Melbourne Cup



In 1934 Australia’s Melbourne Cup, often listed as one of the world’s most important horse races, was held on Tuesday the 6th of November.

The image below is of people in Sydney listening to a radio broadcast of the race.



That year, the winning horse was Peter Pan, and the jockey was Darby Munro.



The Melbourne Cup, first held in 1861, is now run every year at Flemington Racecourse on the first Tuesday of November.

On this day: the opening of Sydney’s Central Station

centRail06 Sydney Central Railway Station —First Locomotive at new station 4th August 1906. Anchor series..

The first locomotive. 4th August, 1906. X

The official opening for Central Railway Station in Sydney, Australia was held on the 4th of August, 1906.

centRail03 Central Station Sydney opened in 1906. —Original wooden booking hall 1906.

The old booking hall in 1906, the year the station opened. X

The station opened to passengers the following day.

719px-Laying_the_foundation_stone,_Central_Station_1903_(5207836628)Laying the foundation stone for Central Railway Station, Sydney Dated 26-9-1903.

Laying the foundation stone in 1903. X

Replacing previous stations in the city, Central was built on land that belonged to a number of businesses and charities including a female refuge and a police station.

The Devonshire Street Cemetery was located between Eddy Avenue and Elizabeth Street, and between Chalmers and Devonshire Streets, at Brickfield Hill, in Sydney, Australia. Photographed in 1902.

Devonshire Street Cemetery in 1902 X

The site had also been home to the Devonshire Street Cemetery. Families of people buried there were given two months to move their relatives’ bodies.