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Panorama of Adelaide, 1865
Title : Panorama of Adelaide, 1865 Panorama of Adelaide, 1865
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Creator : Duryea, Townsend, 1823-1888, photographer
Source : B 5099
Date of creation : 1865
Format : Photograph
Dimensions : 300 x 2900 mm
Contributor : State Library catalogue
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360 degree panorama of Adelaide taken by Townsend Duryea from the Adelaide Town Hall tower. The panorama consists of 14 photographic prints pasted in sequence onto calico. He began in the morning, facing north, and went anticlockwise to avoid the sun on the lens.

When viewed together the fourteen images of the panorama give a bird's eye view of colonial Adelaide and the building activity of the time. The vista extends as far as the parklands. An interesting feature is the lack of trees at this time, a very different aspect from today.

The method of photography employed by Duryea in 1853 was the wet plate process, which had by that time superseded the daguerrotype.

See also the Townsend Duryea panorama of Adelaide made in 1870 from the tower of the Adelaide General Post Office.

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Coverage year : 1865
Period : 1852-1883
Place : Adelaide
Region : Adelaide city
Further reading :

Cato, J The Story of the Camera in Australia Melbourne: Georgian House, 1955

Duryea Conference: Adelaide snapshots, 1850-1879 [Adelaide] : History Trust of South Australia, [2004]

Robinson, J A century in focus: South Australian photography, 1840s-1940s Adelaide : Art Gallery of South Australia, 2007

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