Collection Item

Ferry Lane c 1902

By Sydney Long

Born in 1871, Sydney Long studied under Julian Ashton at the Art Society of NSW School and later became a teacher at his Sydney Art School.

This painting shows Ferry Lane which served as the main pedestrian thoroughfare between The Rocks and Millers Point, leading to the ferry wharf at Walsh Bay.

An outbreak of bubonic plague in Sydney in 1900 saw a home at 10 Ferry Lane isolated as the source of the infection sweeping through the area. As a result, many buildings in and around The Rocks and Millers Point were scheduled for demolition.

This news prompted artist, illustrator and art teacher Julian Ashton to rally his fellow artists together to capture the precinct before it disappeared. Ashton secured a government grant of £250 to acquire drawings and paintings, and the resulting exhibition Old Sydney in 1902, displayed 145 artworks by 37 artists.

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Collection Item Type:
Oil on canvas
Call Number:
ML 855
Published date:
c 1902
On display:
Exhibition Galleries

Sponsored by Vashti and Michael Waterhouse

Copyright Information:

Copyright status: In copyright - Life of artist plus 70 years.

Copyright holder: Ophthalmic Research Institute of Australia (ORIA)

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Please acknowledge: Mitchell Library, State Library of New South Wales and Courtesy Ophthalmic Research Institute of Australia (ORIA)

Display Location:
Exhibition Galleries
Historical Dates
Started Wednesday, 1 January 1902
Finished Wednesday, 31 December 1902
Started Wednesday, 1 January 1902
Finished Wednesday, 31 December 1902