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Step back in time

Tuesday, 29th March, 2011

PICTORIAL HISTORY: A collection of photos from local tap dancing classes in the 1950s feature in the exhibition that opens this month at the Trades Hall PICTORIAL HISTORY: A collection of photos from local tap dancing classes in the 1950s feature in the exhibition that opens this month at the Trades Hall

An exhibition of historical photographs of the city and its people will open soon at the Trades Hall.

Members of the Broken Hill Family History Group Inc have spent more than 12 months preparing the exhibition from photographs that they have collected over several years.

The photos have come from a range of sources and include a collection from Broken Hill schools.

Secretary of the Family History Group, Jenny Camilleri, said the city once had 10 schools and history researchers often inquired about what records were available on the schools.

She said the photos donated to the history group had been scanned and copies placed in large folders so they were accessible all the time.

"We have many more to add to this collection, so please if you have school photos bring them into our office in the Trades Hall," Mrs Camilleri said.

"The majority of photos being collected come from ex-locals who no longer live in the city."

These folders will be placed on tables at the exhibition.

Many panels will be filled with wonderful old photographs, Mrs Camilleri said.

"Other photographs will be of street processions taken in 1958 and 1963," she said.

"Quota International Club of Broken Hill sponsored the group by providing funds to have old negatives reproduced, which enable the group to make large copies for our display.

"Broken Hill City Council have given us $1,500 towards reproducing photos for the exhibition.

"Other photos will be of bands and music, mining, people, recreational views, general views and businesses."

Memorabilia from the 1950s and 1960s will also be on show.

The Family History Group had held similar exhibitions at the Trades Hall and they had been very popular, according to Mrs Camilleri.

"We will be opened all over Easter to coincide with the Great Broken Hill Reunion, when hundreds of ex-locals come home again," she said.

A door prize, raffles and, for those registered for the Great Reunion, special give-away bags will be available. 

Admission to the show will cost $2 and it will be opened from 10am to 4pm each day from April 18 to 26.

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