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Glass Plate Negatives

The Fairfax Media Glass Plate Negatives Collection contains over 18,000 images taken by The Sydney Morning Herald between the early 1900s and the mid 1940s.

Now a national treasure, the collection documents the past-times, events and ambitions and past-times that captivated the nation.

Below is a selection of the photos. To see more, please click here.
View of a naval vessel travelling beneath the construction of the Sydney Harbour Bridge taken from Domain, Sydney, ca. 1930s [picture]. [nla.
Starting at AU$ 35.00
Cars passing over the Sydney Harbour Bridge, Sydney, 1932 [picture]. [nla.
Starting at AU$ 35.00
Bourke Street, Melbourne, 1934
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Historic Images of World War 1
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View of the underside of the Sydney Harbour Bridge, New South Wales, ca. 1932 [picture]. [nla.
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Mini Golf, Bondi, c.1930
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Blizzard, Charlotte's Pass, NSW, c.1930
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View From King's Park, Perth, WA, c.1930
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H.M.A.S. Melbourne, Sydney Harbour, c.1930
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H.M.A.S. Melbourne docks at Cockatoo Island, about 1929
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Crowds Farewell H.M.A.S. Melbourne, c.1930
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Men Sunbake, Bondi Beach, Sydney, c.1930
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Cricketer, Herbert Sutcliffe, c.1930
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Milson's Point Wharf, Sydney Harbour, 1930
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Randwick Racecourse, Sydney, 1930
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Dignitaries watch the first electric train leave Wynyard Railway Station, Sydney, 1932
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William Hart Flies Bi-Plane, Sydney, 1912
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Fashionable Women, Randwick Racecourse, 1923
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Fashionable Women, Randwick Racecourse, 1911
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View From Sydney Harbour Bridge, c.1930
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Horsedrawn Carriage, Hyde Park, Sydney, 1937
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Ferries are docked at Circular Quay, Sydney, about 1920
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Crowd, Sydney Harbour, c.1920
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H.M.A.S. Albatross, Sydney Harbour, 1931
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Harvesting, Orange, NSW, 1929
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Hay stacks and horse drawn hay cutter in a paddock at Orange, New South Wales, 1929 [picture]. [nla.
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Aerial view of ships near the wharves of Sydney Harbour, Sydney, ca. 1930 [picture]. [nla.
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Spotted cow watching over a flock of geese, New South Wales, ca. 1930 [picture]. [nla.
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Headmaster of Vaucluse Public School Mr J.J. Kelly on his retirement standing by a blackboard, Sydney, 26 June 1930, 2 [picture]. [nla.
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Donald Bradman makes it to the crease whilst the English team throw the cricket ball at the wickets, Melbourne, 1937 [picture]. [nla.
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Donald Bradman snicks a ball from Hadley Verity between Leslie Ames and Wally Hammond during the test match against England, Sydney 21 December 1936 [picture]. [nla.
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Young girl holding a large apple beside her head, New South Wales, ca. 1930s [picture]. [nla.
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HMAS Sydney of the First Australian Fleet at Farm Cove, Sydney, 4 October 1913 [picture]. [nla.
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Two gold prospectors pan for gold, New South Wales, ca. 1910 [picture]. [nla.
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Sydney Harbour Bridge and ferry terminal from Circular Quay, Sydney, ca. 1932, 1 [picture]. [nla.
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Man sewing up a sack of wheat during the harvest at Cudmore's Property, Tamworth, New South Wales, 1933 [picture]. [nla.
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R.M.S. Oronsay in Sydney Harbour, Sydney, March 1921 [picture]. [nla.
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Jockey riding Phar Lap onto a race track, New South Wales, ca. 1930 [picture]. [nla.
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Historic Images of World War 1
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Men on ladders harvesting cherry trees at Orange, New South Wales, ca. 1920 [picture]. [nla.
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Historic Images of World War 1
Starting at AU$ 35.00
Historic Images of World War 1
Starting at AU$ 35.00
Edward Prince of Wales shaking hands with war nurses, Sydney, 1920 [picture]. [nla.
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Historic Images of World War 1
Starting at AU$ 35.00
People watching as a steam ship with bunting sails through the harbour, Sydney, ca. 1920s [picture]. [nla.
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Men sorting through mail from England, New South Wales, ca. 1920s [picture]. [nla.
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Stan McCabe gets a century with a cut off Hedley Verity on the first day of the Fifth Test Cricket match, Melbourne, 1937 [picture]. [nla.
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Don Bradman and Gubby Allen on the first day of the Fifth Test Cricket match, Melbourne, 1937 [picture]. [nla.
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Patrons browsing in Skinner's Book Arcade, Sydney, ca. 1930s [picture]. [nla.
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Woman looking down at a man from the wall of Cataract Dam, New South Wales, ca. 1930s [picture]. [nla.
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Men pouring wheat into sacks during the harvest at the Forge Brothers farm, Tamworth, New South Wales, 1933 [picture]. [nla.
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Man standing alone in a wheat field at the Forge Brothers farm, Tamworth, New South Wales, 1933 [picture]. [nla.
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Man at the Grand Arch of the Jenolan Caves, New South Wales, ca. 1930 [picture]. [nla.
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Boat sailing on the Clyde River at Nelligen, New South Wales, 1934 [picture]. [nla.
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Misshaped gumtree, Paterson, New South Wales, ca. 1920 [picture]. [nla.
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Jetty next to a river gum on the Shoalhaven River, Nowra, New South Wales, 1934 [picture]. [nla.
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Tree on hill in the Royal National Park, New South Wales, 1933 [picture]. [nla.
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Car driving around a corner on the Princes Highway near Tilba Tilba, New South Wales, 1934 [picture]. [nla.
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Three men on the summit of Mount Kaputar, New South Wales, 1932 [picture]. [nla.
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View of Canberra with Parliament House in the distance, Canberra, ca. 1930 [picture]. [nla.
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