Snelling’s scene: Sydney 1948

Map of Sydney and Inhabitants 1948, by Roderick Shaw for Grahame Book Co (SLNSW).

Post-war and post-depression optimism abounded in Sydney in 1948—the year that Douglas and his first wife Nancy returned from his second working visit to Los Angeles. Illustrator Roderick Shaw perfectly expressed the mood of that year with his Map of Sydney and Inhabitants 1948, a birds eye cartoon perspective of the sun-kissed harbour city looking east. Published by the Grahame Book Company as part of a guide for tourists, it included a legend listing places of interest and enjoyment, including the top restaurants and nightclubs which the Snellings regularly visited.

Roderick Shaw's 1948 Sydney map legend, including amusements, SLNSW.