Postcard featuring sepia image of Town Hall in Sydney and includes a handwritten message.
It is one of sixty seven postcards dated from the 5 January 1904 to 16 April 1907, all addressed to James Baird Scott and his family living in Paisley, Scotland. Fifty three of the cards are sent from Victoria, Australia, by Marion Flinn and her family and feature Melbourne landmarks and suburbs, scenes from Victoria and New South Wales. Fourteen postcards are sent from various international locations including South Africa, Nigeria, India, Singapore and western Europe apparently by extended members of James Baird's family either holidaying or working.
Sepia postcard, with image of Town Hall, Sydney. Hand writing around the image. Reverse side with hand written address. Stamps were removed.
This collection of early 20th century postcards provides an invaluable pictorial record of urban and rural landscapes in Melbourne,Victoria and New South Wales. It also captures the social and political attitudes and observations of one Melbourne family, relating to domestic and social life, literature, politics, and Australian culture. Themes such as nationalism, the postiion of women and prejudices surrounding Aboriginal Australians, global shipping and communication are also referenced by both the visual iconography and the commentary on the postcards.
Donation from Moreen Shields, Jun 2011
Printed: Town Hall, Sydney. W.. T. P. & Co. Handwritten text: Melbourne 24.8. 1904 'My dear Cousin- Chris forgot to thank you for your lovely Hyde Park views. So I am obliged to send a card too. Perhaps if it were not such a pleasure I should not trouble. Do not answer mine but rather send a reply to Chris. Am writing among the bustle and noise of a printer's shop. so am not too collected. Your holiday will be over but I hope you had a lovely rest and change Busy folk need it. Do you not think this a fine building? I am quite in love with its beauty. It reminds me a wee bit of St Pancras Station London. Some day we may meet there. Wouldn't it be too good news for us mortals? My dearest love to you all M. F.' Mr J. B. Scott 12 Hillview Paisley Scotland
Type of item
139 mm (Width), 89 mm (Height)