1931, English, No linguistic content, Photograph edition: Men in a dole queue during the Great Depression at No. 7 Wharf, Circular Quay, Sydney, 11 June 1931 [picture].

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Men in a dole queue during the Great Depression at No. 7 Wharf, Circular Quay, Sydney, 11 June 1931
 
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Physical Description
  • 1 negative : glass, b&​w ; 8.3 x 10.8 cm.
Published
  • 1931.
Language
  • English
  • No linguistic content

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Title
  • Men in a dole queue during the Great Depression at No. 7 Wharf, Circular Quay, Sydney, 11 June 1931.
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  • Fairfax Corporation.
Published
  • 1931.
Medium
  • [picture]
Physical Description
  • 1 negative : glass, b&​w ; 8.3 x 10.8 cm.
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  • In collection: Fairfax archive of glass plate negatives.
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Notes
  • Title devised from accompanying information where available.
  • Part of the: Fairfax archive of glass plate negatives.
  • Fairfax number: 4308.
  • Condition: chipped.
  • Men lining up to present food relief tickets for inspection due to fraud allegations during the Great Depression--Accompanying information.
  • Also available online :http:/​/​nla.gov.au/​nla.obj-160092691
  • Acquired from Fairfax Media, 2012.
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Language
  • English
  • No linguistic content
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2017-06-19 21:31:34.0

http://trove.nla.gov.au/newspaper/article/16785089 - a very similar pic to this...which looks to have been taken on the same occasion...appeared in the SMH pictorial on 12th June, 1931.

The pic that appeared in the SMH was evidently taken the previous day at Circular Quay, in Sydney, when unemployed workers seeking to obtain rations had their bona fides checked as part of a drive to eliminate dole fraud. Evidently similar checks were conducted at unemployment relief depots across NSW.

http://trove.nla.gov.au/newspaper/article/224705297 - the Sun, 11th June, 1931...this brief Sun item provides some background.

http://trove.nla.gov.au/newspaper/article/16785530 - SMH, 13th June, 1931...just going on this SMH item, it would appear that the government's motives were genuine...and that this wasn't just another ruling class exercise in blaming and vilifying the unemployed...though you'd have to question the government's research methodology re the claimed level of dole fraud. At the time the unemployment level in NSW was fast approaching 30%...so there there were just a few unemployed around the place...