I have found a new photo archive – the Museum of Applied Arts and Sciences (MAAS), aka the Powerhouse Museum in Sydney. They have an excellent photo blog that, although it is no longer updated, still provides hours of interest as I scroll through. The blog had this to say:
This photograph from the Tom Lennon photographic archive shows an unidentified woman farewelling Jack Spooner and his London Savoy Band on the wharf in Sydney, prior to their departure for New Zealand. It was a showery day in April, 1933 and the woman’s umbrella was not only useful but drew the eye of the photographer as well. The London Savoy band was described by the Wellington Evening Post as ‘eight instrumentalists, all of them artists.
I love the idea of the band mucking around in the rain before their cosmopolitan journey to New Zealand. 1933 was bracketed by two world wars, but not everything was focused on Europe and America – daily life was lived much closer to home.
Photo: Thomas Lennon, 1934
Title: 94/63/132/15 Glass negative, quarter plate, woman farewelling ship
passengers, Sydney, Australia
From: The Powerhouse Museum photo blog