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Mining the Sydney Morning Herald's picture archives for evocative images of historical Australia.
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The ''Kuranulla Wahines'', on the beach at Cronulla, 1966. Photo: Bob Weeks

The ''Kuranulla Wahines'', on the beach at Cronulla, 1966. Photo: Bob Weeks

Bronte Ladies' Life Saving Brigade (formed in 1908). Photo courtesy of Bronte SLSC.

Bronte Ladies' Life Saving Brigade (formed in 1908). Photo courtesy of Bronte SLSC.

Female stock car motor racing drivers Miss A. McCarthy, Mrs M. Coglan and Miss M. O'Brien, share a cigarette at the Sydney Showground. November 22, 1955.

Female stock car motor racing drivers Miss A. McCarthy, Mrs M. Coglan and Miss M. O'Brien, share a cigarette at the Sydney Showground. November 22, 1955.

Waiting for Matilda? ... The Swagman. 1910. Photo by George Bell.

Waiting for Matilda? ... The Swagman. 1910. Photo by George Bell.

The men's room ... a Sydney pub in 1955 when a hotel's public bar was off-limits to women.

The men's room ... a Sydney pub in 1955 when a hotel's public bar was off-limits to women.

The eternally popular Harry's Cafe de Wheels, AKA Harry's Pie Stall, March 19, 1949.

The eternally popular Harry's Cafe de Wheels, AKA Harry's Pie Stall, March 19, 1949.

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