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44 Vintage Photos That Show How Fast Australia Has Changed

Today marks 175 years since the invention of photography.

1. Today is World Photo Day, marking 175 years since the invention of photography.

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Bega Women's cricket team, NSW. Date unknown.

2. This is the oldest known surviving photograph taken in Australia, snapped in 1845.

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Dr William Bland, an ex-convict, was a prominent surgeon, humanitarian, social reformer, and inventor. This daguerreotype is the earliest known surviving photograph taken in Australia.

3. The first druggist's shop in Melbourne: Collins Street, circa 1857.

4. Daguerreotype of Stephen King and a young woman, circa 1859.

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"Daguerreotype in embossed leatherette case of Stephen King junior and a young woman, possibly his sister Matilda, who is doing needlework. King was a member of the John McDouall Stuart Expedition." Source: State Library of SA.

5. Kidney Brothers Boot & Shoe Warehouse, Collingwood, 1861.

6. Members of the South Australian Volunteer Forces, 1860.

7. The first Aboriginal cricket team, and the first Australian cricket team to tour England, 1867.

8. Miner and photography pioneer B.O. Holtermann (second from left) with reef gold from Star of Hope mine, 1873.

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9. Teacher and children outside the school, Blacklead, 1873.

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10. Burdekin River in flood, 1875.

11. The Carandini ladies, one of Australia's first opera performing families, 1875.

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12. Swanston Street, Melbourne, 1872.

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"Shows buildings including Cavanaugh's and The Star Hotels, and carriages parked in the street, some without horses at front." Source: State Library of Victoria.

13. Harris family, Sydney, 1877.

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14. Tram for North Carlton and St. Kilda traveling east past Queen Victoria Hospital, Melbourne, 1880.

15. Studio reenactment of Ned Kelly's capture, 1880.

16. Queensland cyclist, R. James on a rear-steering rotary tricycle, circa 1884.

17. Macquarie Lighthouse, Sydney: old and new side by side, 1884.

18. Reading the proclamation of annexation, Mr Lawe's house, Port Moresby, New Guinea, November 1884.

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19. Australian South Sea Islanders at their Sunday School in Mackay, Queensland, circa 1890.

20. Bridget Darmody on a camel, 1892.

21. Dr Frances Dick, first woman to practise medicine in New South Wales, Sydney, 1892.

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22. Studio portrait of S. Yee, Brisbane, circa 1895.

23. Kalgoorlie crowd waiting for the election results, 1900.

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24. Family portrait of storekeeper Al Coy, his wife, and baby at St. George, Queensland, 1900.

25. Geelong AFL team, circa 1900.

26. Glenelg Beach, South Australia, 1901.

27. Imperial Army officers visiting South Australia during the visit of the Duke of York, 1901.

28. Perier family in de Dion voiturette, the first car imported into New South Wales, 1903.

29. Afghan cameleer escorts Mrs Walter Lawrence Silver on the wallaby track, circa 1904.

30. Sydney Cricket Ground, 1905.

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31. A postcard from the 1906 Melbourne Cup, Flemington.

32. Chinese gardeners at the Cairns railway station, 1910.

33. First Australasian Antarctic Expedition, 1912.

34. A postcard of one of Wallona Aritta, one of Australia's tattooed ladies, 1913.

35. Flinders Street Station, Melbourne circa 1914.

36. Patrons of the Eureka Hotel, Redhill, South Australia, 1915.

37. Spectators packing the verandas and rooftop areas of the pavilion at the end of the jetty at Henley Beach, South Australia, 1918.

38. Marie-Celeste de Villentroy in Australian flag, 1920.

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39. David Unaipon (1872–1967) the first Australian Aboriginal writer to have a book published in Australia, 1925.

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Hungarrda was published in 1927 followed by Kinie Ger, the Native Cat in 1928 and his main work, Native Legends, in 1929.

40. Australia's first "atmospheric" theater, the Capitol, intended for silent movies and live performances, opened in 1928.

41. First cars and trains across Sydney Harbour Bridge, 1932.

42. Open air wash house, Melbourne, 1935.

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43. Visiting Native American Chief High Eagle talks with Johnny Schneide, White City, Sydney, 1935.

44. Arnotts' Biscuits Albion van, Sydney, 1936.

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