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Inside History magazine is partnering with State Library of NSW to create a dynamic and freely accessible website, built on the expertise of Library staff and its rich collections, to assist users to date family photographs based on how we dress. The exciting new image-dating tool, launching soon, will be the first of its kind in Australia.

The new website takes the detective work out of family history research with a step-by-step guide to accurately dating and interpreting family portraits and other historical pictures featuring people. Developed in partnership with the State Library of NSW, the site draws on up to 100 downloadable images from the Library’s amazing collection, dating from 1788 to 1955.

But the Inside History team need your help to give the project a name! Get involved and enjoy exclusive access to the website before the official launch in late June.

They’ve come up with a few names and taglines to get you started:

  • Look Dater: decoding historical images in Australia
  • Image Detective: dating historical images in Australia

Provide feedback and share your own ideas by commenting on the Inside History Facebook page by Monday 22 May.

Want to know more about the photo-dating project? Click here to read more.

Image: Women on Sydney Street, c.1900, glass negative by Frederick Danvers Power, courtesy State Library of NSW.