If a single picture is worth a thousand words, are two pictures worth two thousand words?

On Australia Day (26 January 2016) I visited the St Clair Villa Museum (https://www.communityheritage.net.au/st-clair-villa), which is located down town. They were offering special tours of their kitchens. The local historical society is based in this building. They provided a copy of the B&W postcard showing Cliftoria in 1928. I have shown it in a previous post and it was the only picture they could find of Cliftoria in their records.

However, while I looked through the military room I saw two old map pictures of Goulburn. The oldest one is dated 1882. Looking closely at it I could see Cliftoria. This is a wonderful find. Here is a picture of the picture. That is not my hand. There were quite a lot of people there.


The city of Goulburn in the colony of New South Wales in 1882

So I took as close up a picture as I could around Cliftoria. SONY DSC

Cliftoria in 1882

The balcony at the front can be seen as can the two roof peaks. There are no dormer windows on the roof shown but it is a very simplified image and they may not have been drawn. For example, when we had the box gutter replaced the roofers discovered that there are battens under the galvanised iron for slates. So Cliftoria originally had a slate roof. Looking at this small picture you really can’t tell what the roof is made from. If we win Tattslotto we could put a slate roof back on. The east wall shows the two windows on the second floor on that side. Behind Cliftoria is the Georgian house that may be from the 1840s.

The second picture is dated 1888, which is six years after the previous one. You can see how much Goulburn has grown in that time. SONY DSC

The city of Goulburn in the colony of New South Wales in 1888

And now the close up.


Cliftoria in 1888

The dark triangle of trees on the left side (a corner of Victoria Park) points to Cliftoria. This time we see Cliftoria from the back. North is to the top. The two roof peaks are shown along with the chimneys at each end. There are two dormer windows shown on the back roof. Therefore the roof space was used from very early on. A small balcony is placed between the two windows on the second floor on the back wall. There is no back stair shown leading from the left (west) side of the balcony. That may be because the picture has been simplified a tad or that it wasn’t added on to the house until sometime later on.

The Georgian house can also be seen behind Cliftoria. I wonder if the small building just to the west facing Faithful street is the brewery, which they ran. The big building on the top far left is the Goulburn High School.

I cannot say how pleased I am that we have finally found not just one but two pictures of Cliftoria from the 19th century. With a bit of luck in the future, we may find a bigger picture of Cliftoria from that time but these are simply great.

2 responses to “If a single picture is worth a thousand words, are two pictures worth two thousand words?

  1. It’s such a thrill to find old pictures of one’s house! Mine has only been around for 103 years, so I can imagine how excited this makes you!

  2. I am really excited. Especially with finding out that the dormer windows on the roof were there from so early on. Almost certainly from when the house was made. It had been hard to say if the top floor had been added into the changes made in 1925 when the house was turned into the five flats. Now we know it was there all along and was probably servants’ quarters.

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