HISTORIC HAWKESBURY PHOTOS

vintage photographs
Fairfax collection: Richmond Racecourse 1960 and St Monica's Catholic School and Church 1960

Hawkesbury Library Service has acquired approximately 1000 vintage photographs from the Duncan Miller Gallery in California.

The photographs cover the 1940s to the 1980s and were taken to accompany news articles from the Sydney Morning Herald.

How did the newspaper archives end up on the other side of the world? In 2013, over two million photographs forming the Sydney Morning Herald archives were sent to a scanning business in Arkansas to be digitised, however the company went into receivership and the archives ended up in a bank before being purchased by the Duncan Miller Gallery.

The gallery has been repatriating much of the collection back to Australia to various libraries, museums, public galleries and specialised collections like the Bradman Museum who purchased 24,000 photos of cricket players and matches.

The two million plus images contain a slice of Australian life during this time. The photographs, still to be accessioned and indexed, reveal some interesting views of the Hawkesbury community and landscape.

These images will be scanned and eventually added to the Library’s image collection which is accessible online at aurora.hawkesbury.nsw.gov.au/library/Gallery.aspx

Contact the Library on 4560 4460 if you require further information about the collection.

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