Picturing New South Wales: Photographs by Kerry and Co

Setting Sail Forster [detail]

'Setting Sail Forster' [detail] c1890-1915. Photographer: Kerry and Co. HP83.60.3873

In the early years of the 20th century, Charles Kerry, owner of the leading Sydney photographic studio Kerry & Co, found a new market for his photographs of NSW in the growing pictorial postcard trade. To expand his stock his photographers travelled to country towns to create new views for sale.

These images of civic buildings, industries, churches, railways, main streets and town views reveal a vision of progress, of European settlement in a civilised landscape, as country towns moved into the modern new century.

These rarely seen images from Kerry & Co are reproduced from the Macleay Museum’s glass negative collection. The wonderful detail of each image provides a fascinating means to explore and picture NSW as it moved into the new century.