Queensland places - earliest photographs

The John Oxley Library photograph collection holds many of the earliest known images of Queensland's towns and cities.

These early images are fascinating when compared with the same place or area today.

These images of Mackay date from the 1870s and show the future city at the beginnings of European settlement.  Are these photographs amongst the earliest surviving images of Mackay?  We'd love to hear from you if you know of or have an earlier photograph of Mackay.

Mackay, 1870s.  Image No: 00095

Sydney Street North, ca. 1883.  Image No: 6298-0001-0087

Township of Mackay, 1870s.  Image No: 00114

The following photograph is believed to be one of the earliest known photographs of another major Queensland city - do you know which it is?  More on this in the next Queensland places - earliest photographs post.

The following photograph is believed to be one of the earliest known photographs of another major Queensland city - do you know which it is?

 

For more images of Mackay, see Picture Queensland

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The James Cook University Library holds a photograph of the Mackay Town Council dated 1870. Take a look at the following URL:www.jcuspecialcollections.blogspot.com

That's got to be Castle Hill in the background - Townsville

Well done Amanda!

By the way Amanda...it is Lower Flinders Street, Townsville, ca. 1873. Image number 24406: http://hdl.handle.net/10462/deriv/64523

Photo of hill is Townsville. But you have obviously had replies to that effect.