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The next time you whine about a 500ft scraper u/c in your city not being 800ft, take time out to consider some of these shots compared to now and the future...Brissy & Sydney already had huge suburban spreads too.

BTW Couldn't do much about the quality (from old booklets).

Brisbane:




Canberra. Now we know where it got the "bush capital" tag from. LOL @ high school in the description - Must have been a big deal.




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Hobart. Where is it!?!




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Wow, how Perth has changed so much!!




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I find this one interesting. A very good superimposed render or model of the original more flowing design for Opera House, long before it was completed.

 

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Awsome shots! Love that opera house one and that high aerial over Sydney.

Imagine if you could start with a clean slate like that.

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I really like the way the Brisbane river winds through Brisbane, reminds me of the curves of the Thames.
 

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Any shots of Australian cities before 1957 had there skylines limited to 40m /132ft (46m/150ft in Sydney) high. This was approx 10-12storeys. Architects took advantage of putting "uninhabited" structures above this height to give there building more impact!
Sydney had the tallest building pre-1957 being the 112.5m/369ft AWA Tower (1939). they look very European.
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whats with the side of the bank in comparison with these 2 pics? on the closest side on the left near the bridge. If it's erosion than thats wierd how it's happend so quickly and in only one place. must be man made?

Excellent find's btw
 

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whats with the side of the bank in comparison with these 2 pics? on the closest side on the left near the bridge. If it's erosion than thats wierd how it's happend so quickly and in only one place. must be man made?

Excellent find's btw
That whole area with the road interchange and bridge is reclaimed land from the Swan River - looks like some land was also claimed in South Perth (Mill Point?) for the southern end of the bridge. So it isn't erosion, it's newly filled land that hasn't got anything growing on it yet!
 

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oh dear, i was looking at them in the wrong order :D I think i need some sleep.... I should of put 2 and 2 together and seen those bigger high rises. so yeah erosion was wrong word to use :p
 

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Love the old pictures.

The one of Brisbane, can anyone date it?

I'm guessing about 66/67.

Love seeing the old Kemp Place (in front of the Story Bridge) and also the British style curved roof over Central Station.
 
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