In order to celebrate the New Year, our image of the week is from a very old party.

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Happy New Year!

We thought it only fitting that this week’s image comes from a New Year’s celebration. In fact we’re going all the way back to 19th century Australia.

Our image shows a big party with ladies in beautiful Victorian clothing, horses at work, and children at play – all amid the crowds. It is a scene from George Street, Sydney, near the markets, on New Year’s eve. And the year? All the way from December 31, 1878.

It comes from the Australian Town and Country Journal, 4 January 1879, page 24.


Happy New Year!


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George Levrier-Jones

AuthorGeorge Levrier-Jones