A photograph around 1874 of Bourke Street looking east from Elizabeth Street. The GPO stands proudly on the left. Another storey and a taller clocktower would be added in 1887. At the end of Bourke Street is Parliament House with St. Patrick's Cathedral behind it under construction.
The clock shows 6:19am, with a policeman standing guard outside the GPO. A tea and coffee cart with freshly baked bread on its roof waits on the right hand side for early risers and workers.
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Photographer was Charles Bayliss (American and Australasian Photographic Company).
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