This is Newcastle, New South Wales pictured around 1895.
Can't you just picture the man standing with his camera balanced on his tripod to get just the right snap?
Newcastle is a coal mining town.
This snap depicts a ceremony of sorts?
I can still remember riding to work in one of these in the 1960's.
We still have a working steam train where I now live in Queensland. They are slow and if riding for hours, extremely uncomfortable, yet a grand old timer of the yesteryear period..