acknowledgment for permission to reproduce these illustrations
is made to Eric Bayliss and Bessie S. Patterson, respectively
the sole surviving son and daughter of Charles Bayliss.
There is one exception: for the G.P.O. panorama picture
we kindly thank J. V. Hall (of Sydney).
Reduced facsimile (actual size about 16' by 20")
of the Certificate of Commendation gained by Charles
Bayliss at the Sydney International Exhibition
of 1879. In
the circular wreath design at the foot there can be seen an artist's sketch
of the exhibition building as observed from the
animated crowd gathered at the south-east corner of
Circular Quay, Sydney, on March 3rd, 1885
in order to farewell the volunteers bound for
the Sudan; from this area many small craft went out to the Heads in company
the two troopships. The barque in the foreground is the "Scottish
Cove, Sydney, showing the Garden Palace erected along
the Macquarie Street frontage. The man-o-war
in the foreground is either "Espiegle" or "Cormorant".
The photograph was probably made some short time after the completion
of the harbour wall in May, 1880.
The official landing of His Excellency Baron Carrington
on December 12th, 1885 at Prince's Steps, central
Circular Quay, Sydney. The
is the "Dharwar" but
the reason for the prominence given to the 'Stars and Stripes'
has not as yet been elucidated. (Photograph identified by A.
('Same-size' detail from the 10" by 12' original).
The master stonemason (and clerk of works), believed
to have been John Howie, at work on a pillar
of the Pitt Street wing
the middle of 1882. Today the pillar can be readily identified
through its characteristic
marking by anyone who likes to stroll along the great colonnade.
This section of the G.P.O. appears to have been finished
in 1883-that is,
years after the George Street portion; the latter's facade
once upon a time carried
a "completion stone", engraved with the figures
1870, on one of its uppermost panels.
The tower of the G.P.O. (Sydney) under construction,
towards the end of 1885. The group of figures
includes Sir Henry
endeovoured to resign from politics some little time
previously as a mark
of his disapproval of the Sudan venture). The more
adventurous youth of the period
(and this included A. J. "Mons" Perier) used
to scale the tower scaffolding (by means of the cross
pieces of the
north-east vertical) for the purposes
of having lunch two hundred feet above the streets
of Sydney. Bayliss' own rooms
were in George Street just to the north of the point
from which this
picture was exposed. The other buildings, besidesPalings,
are the Railway's Booking
Office and the Bank of New South Wales.