We Are Georges River
Time Out says
Take a trip down memory lane with these incredible photographs that celebrate local history
If you could not get enough of the trippy timewarp of Sydney then and Now, then you’re going to want to check out similarly themed art exhibition We Are Georges River. Capturing the continually evolving cultural diversity of the south of Sydney, it presents 200 vintage images from the Georges River Council vaults and tells a captivating story of the local communities, including Chinese Australians the First Nations peoples.
If you’re in the hood, you’ll be able to check them out blown up giant-sized in various various spots including the Oatley Memorial Gardens, Hurstville Plaza and Carss Bush Park until December 17. You can find out where and when here. Or you can hop online and make the most of these gorge shots in digital form, with locals encouraged to get in touch with the council and share their own images current and historical by emailing LocalStudies@georgesriver.nsw.gov.au.
If you see a photograph that sparks your curiosity, you can scan the attendant QR code to find out more about the story behind it. They include the legacy of the Nethery family of Carlton, whose seven sons went from sporting heroes to serving their country during World War II. They now have 44 great-grandchildren. Mike Nethery is really stoked to see them recognised. “We would like to share our stories to reflect on the resilience, the initiative and the stoic nature of our forebears in the Georges River area. The images are a captivating glimpse of our shared past and very evocative.”
Georges River mayor Kevin Greene is excited too: “This is a celebration of who we are. We’re working hard to preserve our heritage and distinctive identity, to reflect on how our city has evolved and hear real stories that bring this past to life.”
If you love historical snapshots of Sydney, also check out this great site.
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