A glimpse into Sydney's past

Woman posing on board a ship at Circular Quay with the Sydney Harbour Bridge in the background

Hera Roberts posing on the deck of HNLMS Java, 10 October 1930. Samuel J Hood Studio, ANMM Collection

  • About


    In a career spanning almost 70 years, Samuel (Sam) J Hood remains one of Sydney's most prolific photographers. This small selection of photographs was chosen from the most viewed photographs on our Flickr Commons photostream. Each image offers us a glimpse into a different world and a window into Sydney's past. Sam's work documents the majestic tall ships that once graced Sydney Harbour, families and crews of the booming shipping trade in the early 1900s, the glitz and glamour of the 1920s and 1930s and Australian troops marching off to war.

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    NB: During special events this exhibition may not be open to the public. To check a particular date please phone +61 2 9298 3777.

    • Standard Ticket
      Adult: $7
      Child: $3.50
      Concession: $3.50
      Family: $17.50
      Free: Members, Australian pensioners, ICOM & Museums Australia members, children under 4

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    Family on the deck of the ship MOUNT STEWART, c1915, by Sam Hood. National Maritime CollectionRoyal Indian Navy officers on the deck of HMAS HINDUSTAN in Sydney, 1934, by Sam Hood. National Maritime CollectionCaptain playing a deck game with a child. Photograph by Sam Hood, c 1925. National Maritime CollectionRMS STRATHNAVER alongside the wharf in west Circular Quay, 11 March 1932. Photo by Sam Hood, National Maritime CollectionSS CERAMIC departing Sydney with crowds and streamers, c 1925. Photo by Sam Hood, National Maritime CollectionMAGDALENE VINNEN alongside Number 2 wharf in Woolloomooloo, Sydney, March 1933. Photo by Sam Hood, National Maritime CollectionAustralian army soldiers marching near Central Railway Station, Sydney, 1914-1918. Photo by Sam Hood, National Maritime CollectionJapanese naval ship HIJMS ASAMA in Sydney Harbour, January 1924. Photo by Sam Hood, National Maritime CollectionHoods Harbour competition winning entryHoods Harbour competition winning entryHoods Harbour competition winning entry
  • Explore Online

    Explore Online

    The museum's collection, comprising over 9,000 of Sam's photographs, demonstrates the versatility of his talent and the longevity of his career. Sixty years after his death and Sam's photographs continue to captivate and inspire viewers. Each day, dedicated members of the Flickr Commons community we like to call 'super sleuths' embark on their own path of historical discovery. Their brilliant detective skills have uncovered the secrets contained in Sam's snapshots. They have breathed new life into the museum's collection and it's to them we pay homage and recognise their efforts.

    Become a 'super sleuth' and investigate Sam Hood's photographs on Flickr Commons.

  • Connect With Us

    Connect With Us

    Join the conversation on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook using the hashtag #HoodsHarbour.

  • Blog and Articles

    Blog and Articles

    Follow the exhibition blog, read our post about the discovery of Hera Roberts' identity and a more detailed article museum’s magazine Signals.

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