Wagga in 1891

This wonderful photograph from the Michael Pym Collection (RW2735) has been scanned from a glass plate negative.  The most interesting aspect of the photo to us is that you can glean so much detail from such a small item.  Click on the image below and you’ll see what we mean!

Wagga in 1891 (RW2735/155)
Wagga Wagga in 1891

We’ve managed to date the photograph exactly to 1891 through the serendipitous fact that the South Wagga Public School can be seen under construction on the right hand side of the image and (according to “The Belltower: A History of South Wagga Public School” by Ruth Lewis), construction started in January and finished in December:

“On 12 January, 1891, contracts were signed with the successful tenderer Charles Hardy and Co., for the erection of Wagga Wagga South School at a cost of 4,320 pounds and work began immediately… The construction of the buildings was completed in December 1891, a month ahead of schedule and several days later the furniture was despatched.”

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