My first guess on picture 46606 was that it was taken near the Waterfront, looking up towards Lions Head.

But as we drove into the city centre this afternoon and looked up at the angle of Lions Head from Eastern Boulevard, it was immediately obvious that the photographer had been closer to the castle than the harbour.

We drove down Strand Street, and I watched the angle of Lions Head change in the rear-view mirror of the car. It was amazing how suddenly it all looked right. We had just entered Woodstock, on Newmarket Street when the profile of the mountain matched. Who is surprised that nothing else does?

The picture was taken on the pavement right up against the fence with the railway line. In 1873 this would have been the Woodstock Beach. If anyone wants the picture taken slightly to the right, they are welcome, but I am not dodging trains on those tracks!

So, here's my vote for the overlay.

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Comment by GaryMcLeod on November 28, 2010 at 7:30pm
Great! As my professor keeps telling me, it might help to draw thoughts :)
Comment by Eleanor Muller on November 28, 2010 at 7:20pm
The reclamation of the foreshore was one of the biggest land altering exercises ever undertaken. I will need to do lots more research about what the area here was like before the change. The presence or absence of height now does not mean that it was there in the past. Ironically we can re-create the height by taking the picture from the freeways, but even I know that's cheating! I think the first thing we should try and place is the long barrack-like buildings. Were they part of the castle? I'm going to visit the castle's museum and see what they have for us. Thise buildings were too big not to have appeared in other pictures of the time.
Comment by GaryMcLeod on November 28, 2010 at 4:09pm
Is the street on a hill? I am curious because the foreground of the old picture suggests that its quite high.

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