Waiting at the traffic lights and watching people cross in front of me, I wondered what someone from 1918 or even 1818 transported to today would think of the appearance of today’s men, women and children. Would we be as shocked if we were transported to 2118 or 2218?
Here's a look at some past Sydney scenes and people.
Wattle Day, Sydney, 1935.
Children in Sydney slums, 1949
A family forced to become cave dwellers during the depression, near Kurnell, New South Wales, 1930s.
Mark Foy's Department store in Liverpool St, Sydney at Christmas, 1959. It is now the Downing Centre court complex.
Liverpool St, Sydney in 1930. Same steps as above.
Milkman's horse and cart in fog in Martin Place, Sydney, 1949.
George Street, Sydney, date unknown
Dole queue at Harold Park during the Great Depression, Sydney, 1932
Electric trams on King Street, Sydney CBD, c. 1900.
Entrepreneur Quong Tart outside his luncheon grill room in George Street, Sydney, 1891. Tart, who lived in Ashfield, opened tea rooms and eateries so Australian women could socialise away from hotels.
Suffragettes, Sydney, 1892.
Circular Quay, Sydney, 1880s.
Street scene, Sydney, 1885
Children, Sydney slums, 1949
Armistice Day, the Cenotaph, Martin Place, Sydney, 1934
An original Anzac and his family evicted from their Redfern home into the street during the Depression, 1929.
Visiting American women's jazz band "Ingenues", Central Station, Sydney, late 1920's
Women medical students, University of Sydney, 1897.
Five women in Hyde Park, Sydney, c1939
Horse-Drawn Omnibus, at Circular Quay, Sydney, ca.1900