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Exchange and Government Offices, Sydney.<br />
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A stunning collection of photographs of Sydney decades before the iconic harbour bridge and opera house were built has been unearthed after 129 years.<br />
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The black and white photo album captures the bustling city centre, picturesque main harbour and famous beaches of the future tourist hot-spot. <br />
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The photos were taken by celebrated Australian photographer Henry King in 1888 who was born in England but emigrated to Australia at a young age and spent the rest of his life there.<br />
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More recently they have fallen into the hands of a German collector who has decided to put them on the market and they are tipped to sell for £1,800.<br />
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Many of Sydney's most recognisable landmarks including Manly beach and Coogee bay look very different to what backpackers would encounter today.<br />
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King also took various photos of Circular Quay - the city's main harbour - but missing from them are images of the Sydney Harbour Bridge and Sydney Opera House as these landmarks were both not built until well into the 20th century.