Street kids, Woolloomooloo, 1962

Street kids, Chapel Street, Woolloomoloo, Sydney, 1962 © Rob Walls 2013

Street kids, Chapel Street, Woolloomooloo, Sydney, 1962 © Rob Walls 2013

I made this picture 51 years ago, when Woolloomooloo was an inner-city slum of dubious reputation. Only a few metres away was the infamous red light area of illegal brothels, Chapel Lane. The poster for Vincent’s APC on the wall above the children, is of somewhat curious historic interest. Vincent’s along with Bex powders,were highly addictive analgesics containing aspirin, phenacetin and caffeine, When it was found that they caused serious kidney damage they were taken off the market in 1970.

“Time eventually positions most photographs, even the most amateurish, at the level of art.”
― Susan Sontag

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Filed under art, Australia, Australian, documentary photography, Photographer, Photography, Photojournalism, Rob Walls

2 responses to “Street kids, Woolloomooloo, 1962

  1. Yes Rob, full of content the ads tell so much…….NSW State Library would value that image…
    1962…..That was the year I was born
    Love the quote and the photograph….Gems in the archive……

  2. David

    Great to see the blog back! I always enjoy reading it!

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