Departure of the New South Wales Troops for Suakim - the scene in George Street

Place Oceania: Australia, New South Wales, Sydney
Accession Number ART94385
Collection type Art
Measurement sheet: 27.2 x 40 cm; image: 22.4 x 32.6 cm
Object type Print
Physical description hand coloured engraving
Maker Unknown
Illustrated Sydney News
Gibbs, Shallard, and Co.
Place made Australia: New South Wales, Sydney
Date made 1885
Conflict Sudan, 1885

Item copyright: Copyright expired - public domain

Public Domain Mark This item is in the Public Domain


Published in the Saturday 11 April 1885 issue of the 'Illustrated Sydney News'. This engraving shows a view of the NSW Contingent moving along George Street, between King and Market Streets, en route to Sydney Cove where they embarked on the transport ships SS Iberia and SS Australasia for the Sudan. The artist worked from a photograph taken by Scott of George Street. The troops were the main attraction of the military pageant marching from Victoria Barracks to Circular Quay. A contemporary Journalist wrote '...From crowded balconies, parapets, and thronged pathways, went up a great shout, as the procession with difficulty, owing to the density of the crowd moved on. ...The Soudan boys were especially marked in the matter of floral favours, and touching scenes of parting were visible on all sides. As the procession entered College street spectators, in tens of thousands massed in Hyde Park...Mottos of various and fitting kind were displayed amongst them - "For England, Home and Gordon" "Well done, NSW" The column moved along Park, George, and Hunter Streets and Macquarie Place...'