Photographer Ralph Snowball took thousands of photographs of Newcastle at the turn of the twentieth century. The story of how the glass negatives were discovered, saved and archived was told by Gionni Di Gravio, Archivist at the University of Newcastle, in an interview with ABC Newcastle’s Carol Duncan in 2009.
This photo is on the University archive’s flickr page (view a better version here). It shows what must by Styx Creek; the date fits and there are no other drainage channels of that scale in New Lambton. The most striking feature is the completely knackered landscape around the diggers. When we screw the environment we really screw it.