The painting depicts a brief period in our history before the advent of electricity in major cities. The city streets are still wet from recent showers and the night is closing in.

Gas lights, kerosene lamps and carbide lighting are the only means of illumination on the streets and in the shops and homes of Sydney. It’s hard to believe that this is not much more than 100 years ago; a time remembered by our grandparents and great-grandparents when they were still with us.

Two cable tram routes were built in Sydney, the first running from King Street wharf on the eastern side of Darling Harbour to Ocean Street Edgecliff, the second from the original Milson’s point ferry wharf in North Sydney to Falcon Street North Sydney which was later extended to Crows Nest.

The cable trams of Sydney were only in use for some 4 to 5 years, eventually being replaced by electric trams forming a network claim to be the second largest in the Commonwealth of Nations (after London) and one of the largest in the world.

This is an original oil painting.

Size: 90 x 60 cm        Framed: 114 x 84 cm

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