I'm celebrating the generosity of the National Library of Australia.
It is an extraordinary structure. I've never seen anything else like it being used as a bandstand in Australia.
Significantly it is topped by a crown showing some sort of Royal connection. This is an important clue.
Notes online at the Powerhouse Museum only date the photograph between 1859 and 1917.
Now, the suburb of Ashfield in New South Wales is certainly a grand place however it seemed unlikely to me that it had been the scene of a royal visit in the early part of the 1900s. So the crown on the structure is therefore out of place.
A while back I decided to find out more, and eventually tracked down a pamphlet issued by the Ashfield Council which stated that the bandstand had been used in Federation Celebrations as a pavilion for the welcome of Lord Hopetoun, Australia's first Governor-General.
It was recycled as the bandstand in 1903!
But what did it originally look like?
The best place to find out was to try and locate it on Picture Australia.
If we search for "Lord Hopetoun 1901" the first result returned is "Landing of Lord Hopetoun, Sydney 1901", and we find out the image is at the National Library of Australia.
Going direct to the website of the National Library of Australia, we find an even better photograph composed of two images side by side to create a panorama:
An architectural mystery solved.
Oh, and I forgot to tell you. You can't find this bandstand in Ashfield anymore. It was demolished in the 1940s due to terminal decay.