ACT Heritage Library Manuscript Collection

HMSS 0177 Earl Ewers Photographic Collection

Scope and content notes

Call Number

HMSS 0177

Collection

Earl Ewers Photographic Collection

Date Range

1973-2004

Quantity

0.9m (2 oversized boxes)

Access Conditions

open

Copying Conditions

with attribution

Related Collections

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Earl Ewers is a keen amateur photographer with special interest in buses, trams and cars. Because of this shared interest, his friend Colin Robertson bequeathed to Earl his extensive collection of slides of buses and trams around Australia; Colin’s slides in this collection are just those relating to Canberra.

Earl worked in the Department of Territories, and took the opportunity to record the view from the top of the Nara Building which was the Department’s new home. He also recognised the importance of recording the older buildings of Canberra which were soon to be demolished, such as the Barton Offices.

Many of these photographs record the Bicentenary, the first Floriade, and the other events of 1988.

Box List

Box No.

Description

QTY

Date Range

1

Australian Bicentennial Veteran and Vintage Castrol World Rally

212 colour photographs of Rally cars, mainly at the Canberra Showgrounds but also being driven around the city and suburbs

Newscutting from the West Wyalong Advocate, 8 March 1988, describing the Rally and some of the more than 1150 cars

1 album

20 February – 20 March 1988

2

Canberra Day Inaugural Balloon Festival

Colour photographs taken by Earl Ewers
Stickers

Drinks coaster and photograph autographed by Howard Lacy, pilot of the Mazda “Spirit of Sutherland Shire” hot air balloon

1 album

March 1988

2

Canberra Buses

Photographs taken by Colin Robertson and bequeathed to Earl Ewers:

  • 176 colour 35mm slides of  ACTION buses
  • 1 photograph of a Brisbane City Council bus

1 file

October 1972 – December 1977; January 1981

2

Federation Tram Line

Colour photographs of the Federation Line, taken by Earl Ewers

This was a temporary tramline that ran between the National Museum of Australia at Acton and the Olympic Pool at Reid. Besides being a Floriade attraction, it was designed to build public support for a public tram servicing the museums in inner Canberra. A mock-up of the tram was set up in the foyer of ScreenSound (National Film and Sound Archive).

2 albums

2003

2

Photographs of Canberra from the Department of Territories, photographer unknown

1. Rear entrance of Parliament House, aerial view at night, with Anzac Parade and the Australian War Memorial at centre right

Ca 1988

2

Photographs of Canberra from the Department of Territories, photographer unknown

2. Civic and Reid, aerial view looking east from City Hill, lower right, to Anzac Parade and Gallipoli Reach and the nearer houses of Campbell; City Markets building under construction at centre left

1980s

2

Photographs of Canberra from the Department of Territories, photographer unknown

3. Canberra city centre, aerial view looking northwest from Lake Burley Griffin, bottom, over Commonwealth Park and Nerang Pool, centre; Lakeside Hotel centre left, Convention Centre centre right; wooden yurt in left foreground constructed for Floriade 1988

Ca 1988

2

Photographs of Canberra from the Department of Territories, photographer unknown

4. View along the land axis from Mount Ainslie to Woden; Australian War Memorial, foreground, Anzac Parade, Parliament House, new Parliament House under construction, buildings of Woden Town Centre, top

1987

2

Photographs of Canberra by Earl Ewers

5. Railway engine 1210 at Canberra Railway Station; Earl Ewers in foreground

Ca 1993

2

Photographs of Canberra by Earl Ewers

6. Griffin Centre and C. S. Daley Gardens, looking south towards Bunda Street

1990s

Photographs of Canberra by Earl Ewers

7. Painting by Arlene Williams of the 2003 bushfires at an exhibition at the Yarralumla Gallery / Oaks Brasserie

2004

Photographs of Canberra by Earl Ewers

8. Paintings by Arlene Williams of the 2003 bushfires at an exhibition at the Yarralumla Gallery / Oaks Brasserie

2004

Photographs of Canberra by Earl Ewers

9-12. Paintings by Arlene Williams of autumn leaf studies at an exhibition at the Yarralumla Gallery / Oaks Brasserie

2004

Photographs of Canberra by Earl Ewers

13. Akuna Street, Canberra City; Boulevard Shopping Centre; new top stories being added to Electricity House

Ca 1990

Photographs of Canberra by Earl Ewers

14-15. De Depot nightclub, East Row, Canberra City, associated with Geoff Da Deppo, director of Wollongong Constructions

Ca 1990

Photographs of Canberra by Earl Ewers

16. Center Cinema entrance about the time it was converted to a cocktail bar; photograph is of the Nickelodeon, New York

1990s

Photographs of Canberra by Earl Ewers

17-18. Railway engine 1210 at Canberra Railway Station

Ca 1993

Photographs of Canberra by Earl Ewers

19. CountryLink train at Canberra Railway Station

Ca 1993

Photographs of Canberra by Earl Ewers

20. CountryLink train at Canberra Railway Station, Earl Ewers in foreground

Ca 1993

Photographs of Canberra by Earl Ewers

21. Advertisement for the Floriade shuttle bus

1990s

Photographs of Canberra by Earl Ewers

22. ACTION bus leaving the City interchange at the intersection of Mort and Alinga Streets

1990s

Photographs of Canberra by Earl Ewers

23. ACTION bus at the City interchange, Alinga Street

Ca 1990

Photographs of Canberra by Earl Ewers

24-25. View from the Chief Executive’s office, Nara Building, Civic, looking east down Constitution Avenue

Ca 1998

Photographs of Canberra by Earl Ewers

26. View from the Chief Executive’s office, Nara Building, Civic, looking west to London Circuit, City Hill and Black Mountain

Ca 1998

Photographs of Canberra by Earl Ewers

27. View from the Chief Executive’s office, Nara Building, Civic, looking northwest to London Circuit, City Hill, the Canberra Theatre Centre and Hobart Place at rear

Ca 1998

Photographs of Canberra by Earl Ewers

28. View from the Chief Executive’s office, Nara Building, Civic, looking southwest to Commonwealth Avenue Bridge, Lakeside Hotel and early snow on the Brindabella Ranges to the south

Ca 1998

Photographs of Canberra by Earl Ewers

29-31. Barton Offices, nicknamed the Woolsheds, bounded by Blackall, Broughton and Macquarie Streets, Barton

1980s

Photographs of Canberra by Earl Ewers

32. Immigration Offices, part of the Barton Offices, bounded by Blackall, Broughton and Macquarie Streets, Barton

1980s

Photographs of Canberra by Earl Ewers

33-34. Customs Offices, part of the Barton Offices, bounded by Blackall, Broughton and Macquarie Streets, Barton

1980s

Photographs of Canberra by Earl Ewers

35. Boiler house at the Barton Offices, situated behind the three-storey buildings, behind the Public Service Board, opposite the Barton Canteen

1980s

Photographs of Canberra by Earl Ewers

36. Rugby Union Club, Barton

1980s

Photographs of Canberra by Earl Ewers

37-39. Houses in Kingston

1980s

Photographs of Canberra by Earl Ewers

40. Magnolia in full flower in the garden of a house in Kingston

1980s

Photographs of Canberra by Earl Ewers

41. Australian National Gallery main entrance

1980s

Photographs of Canberra by Earl Ewers

42. ACTION bus signed for a special route number 003, for the 90th Inter-Parliamentary Union Conference held in Canberra

September 1993

Photographs of Canberra by Earl Ewers

43. GIO House, City Walk, Canberra City; the edge of the Canberra Times Fountain is visible at lower right

Ca 1990

Photographs of Canberra by Earl Ewers

44. City Walk, Canberra City, looking south towards the Canberra Times Fountain and GIO House

Ca 1990

Photographs of Canberra by Earl Ewers

45. Australian Bicentenary 1988: flower beds and ‘Celebration of a Nation’ sign on City Hill, Canberra

1988

Photographs of Canberra by Earl Ewers

46. Australian Bicentenary 1988: ‘Celebration of a Nation’ sign on City Hill, Canberra

1988

Photographs of Canberra by Earl Ewers

47. ACTION bus in Bicentenary livery, at City interchange, Canberra

1988

Photographs of Canberra by Earl Ewers

48. ACTION bus advertising Diesohol Future Fuel, at Woden

1988

Photographs of Canberra by Earl Ewers

49. Australian Bicentenary 1988: flower beds and ‘Celebration of a Nation’ sign on City Hill, Canberra

1988

Photographs of Canberra by Earl Ewers

50. Australian Bicentenary 1988: flower beds and ‘Celebration of a Nation’ sign on City Hill, Canberra

1988

Photographs of Canberra by Earl Ewers

51. Civic Centre from City Hill, Canberra

1988

Photographs of Canberra by Earl Ewers

52. Civic Centre from City Hill, Canberra

1988

35mm Slides Taken by Earl Ewers

1. Strathgordon Court, Melrose Drive, Phillip

Late 1970s

35mm Slides Taken by Earl Ewers

2. Canberra Times Fountain, Canberra City

1970s

35mm Slides Taken by Earl Ewers

3-5. ACTION buses displaying a short-lived sign requiring the exact fare; the sign was amended because drivers take public money, and therefore must give change

1980s