Sometimes being easily distracted can be a good thing. Sometimes.

A few months back I was on the State Library’s website, hunting for images to use in my book (check here if you don’t know what book I’m on about), when I found myself in one of those procrastination vortexes. You know, like when you get so fascinated by something online that you just keep clicking and clicking until you realise it’s been hours and you’ve forgotten what you were even doing? Yep, one of those. Anyway, on this occasion, it was old hiking photos that sucked me in. The State Library has a lot of them.

I’m not sure exactly what it is about them. Everything, I suppose. The different clothes. The different cameras. The flaws in the photos. The hilarious fact that some of us are now so obsessed with using Instagram to emulate such flaws. I love imagining who the people were, how they lived, and how they ended up in the photos. I can stare at them for hours.

So in order to justify my hours of procrastination, I’ve thrown together a blog post featuring the best 25. They’re all shot in Australia (and mostly in Victoria) except for one from the Milford Track, which was just too good to leave out. The most recent is from 1970, but a couple of them are thought to be dated around 1890. Wow.

Hover over them to see the titles and dates. Click to zoom in and see them properly. Hope you enjoy them as much as I do.



Which is your favourite photo (I couldn’t pick one myself)? Got some old photos of your own? Feel free to let us know in the comments section below.

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