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Blog post from Sunday, 28 September, 2014

This week we commemorate two milestones over on Flickr Commons.

First, September 30 is our sixth birthday on the Commons – we’ve been uploading selected images from our photographic collections to Flickr Commons since 2008. Now, we have almost 2 500 images, arranged into 100 thematic albums.

Second, we’ve recently passed 20 million views of our images on Flickr Commons! That’s a lot!

Thank you to everyone who has viewed, used, commented on and enjoyed our photographs. We love them, and it looks like you do too!

To celebrate, we’ll be sharing six of our most popular images from the Commons in a six day countdown to our September 30 birthday.


Start of the Sydney-Hobart Yacht Race, 1971 / Australian Photographic Agency (news account)

The Sydney to Hobart Yacht Race has been a Boxing Day tradition since 1945.

On the 26th December each year, Sydney Harbour fills up with spectators on shore and in pleasure craft, waiting to see the competing yachts set off for their race to Hobart.

In 1971, this amazing craft was part of the spectator fleet. It is an Amphicar 770, produced in Germany in the early 1960s. It was the first amphibious vehicle produced for sale to the general public.