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Digital Photograph - Exterior View of 'People's Palace', Pitt St, Sydney, 1940s Image Reg. No: MM 110600

Digital image file. A digital photograph was taken of the original black and white print.
Description Of Content:
Black and white photograph showing the People's Palace in Pitt St, Sydney with passing tram, circa 1940s. The Salvation Army ran a number of these People's Palace establishments around Australia; the Pitt Street Palace opened in January 1899. They provided affordable accommodation for single people and families.
Acquisition Information:
Copied from Mrs Susan Sutton, 2006
Contributed by Mrs Susan Sutton
Discipline: History

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Tagged with: footpaths, pedestrians, theatres, trams, accommodation, what is there now
Themes this item is part of: Leisure Collection, Transport Collection
Primary Classification: RECREATION & TOURISM
Secondary Classification: Travel - Accommodation
Tertiary Classification: exteriors
People Depicted: unknown
Organisations Depicted: The People's Palace
Format: Digital Still Image: Black & White
Place & Date Depicted: Sydney, New South Wales, Australia, 1940s

Source of Date Depicted: contributor's estimate.
Photographer: Mr Bill Piggott
References: Previously incorrectly captioned as the People's Palace in Bourke St, Melbourne.


Kevin Adams Posted on 27 Jan 2010 10:01 AM
Correction: The Peoples Palace was not a theatre, but a hotel/boarding-house for accomodation. (The Palace Theatre at 20 Bourke Street was a completely separate affair). Cheers.
Barry Marshall Posted on 03 Jan 2011 11:19 PM
The People's Palace was where my dad (Bob d.o.b. 4/01/1931) and his family stayed on a trip by train from Cunderdin Western Australia to celebrate his great great grandmother's 101st birthday in 1940. They had won 3000 pounds in the lottery and it was a turning point for the family - after that they were well-off but the war intervened and so the family was separated in various ways for a few years. But at least they had a famous time at the Melbourne cup taht year when Old Rowley won at 100:1 odds!
Barry Marshall
Nobel Laureate.
Nicole Posted on 06 Mar 2012 4:44 PM
Museum Victoria Comment
@Barry my grandfather used to stay here to when they would come down from Brisbane to Sydney. We took him on a trip down memory lane. It's so sad to see it now!
Robert Posted on 06 Apr 2012 10:38 PM
I just noticed a small typo in the above "More Information" block:
Place & Date Depicted: Sydney, Victoria, Australia, 1940s
Place & Date Depicted: Sydney, New South Wales, Australia, 1940s
andrew watson Posted on 31 Jan 2013 11:24 AM
when my mum and dad and i came to australia in 1955 we stayed at the peoples palace i pitt st sydney i will always remember that we did not know anyone in sydney than
John Posted on 02 Mar 2013 11:30 PM
Is the Building still there and where can I get some more history on it.

Stayed there as a 10 year old with my parents in the mid 60's.
metta Posted on 03 Aug 2013 9:11 AM
My mum & her friend used to take us to the PeoplesPalace for our annual holidays. This was in the early60's ,there were 8 of us. We caught the train from Newastle & would try & remember all the train stations along the way . Fond memories for me !

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