The Brisbane Street Tram

09 Nov

The Brisbane Street Tram image was used by the winning Digital Media Mashup entry in Libraryhack called Reflection of Time, by Andrew Young.

I created a record for this image in Sepia Town.  The then and now images indicate the surviving heritage in this street’s architecture.

The reason for my interest is that this is one of the items which I selected for display on the Libraryhack site.  The original record had no information about the image, and I assumed that it displayed one of Melbourne’s iconic trams.

A simple search revealed that the only Brisbane Street in Australia to have a tram was in Launceston, Tasmania.

I contacted the Launceston Historical Society who were able to exactly locate the image on the map of Launceston, and suggested that I contacted Launceston LINC to date the image.  Luckily, they were also able to help!

One interesting thing to note is the number of Union Jacks flying from the street buildings, and that the flags are actually at half mast.  This information enabled Launceston LINC to be able to precisely date the photo to the dates immediately following George V’s death or January 21-28, 1936.

A Brisbane Street tram has also been spotted in Parramatta.  Could it be the same tram?

To end this story, its interesting to note the original images that Andrew Young used in his LibraryHack entry.  Andrew advised that the image of the train took several weeks of photography to achieve.  To those with patience comes greatness!

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