Windows into Wartime exhibition travels to Berrima District Museum

Riley St Depot, Surry Hills, 1919. Photo courtesy State Archives and Records NSW.
Riley St Depot, Surry Hills, 1919. Photo courtesy State Archives and Records NSW.

Windows into Wartime is a travelling exhibition of historic images.

Through the lens of NSW Government photographers, it provides glimpses into the NSW home front during and immediately after the First World War. 

The exhibition was on display in Sydney earlier this year and then travelled to NSW regional centres.

It opened at The Story Centre, Berrima District Museum on December 6, having been secured by the Berrima District Historical Society for display until the end of January 2018. 

An official opening was held on December 6 by executive director of State Archives and Records NSW Geoff Hinchcliffe.

The Museum is located at the corner of Market Place and Bryan Street, Berrima.

It is open from 10:00am to 4:00pm, Wednesdays to Sundays and every day during NSW school holidays.

For those with family and friends to entertain over the holidays, the museum is especially worth a visit, the traveling exhibition being an added feature to the museum’s many interesting displays and stories.

The Windows into Wartime exhibition engages with the photographic collection of the NSW Government Printing Office to present this selection of historical images.

From advancements in public health to volunteer movements, the organising of recruitment campaigns and patriotic fundraising events, to the formation of the Red Cross in Australia and the establishment of soldier support schemes, photographers were on the ground shooting the image.

This unique historical record enables us, 100 years later, to reflect upon the upheaval that the War had upon Australian society. 

The collection is a legacy left in the form of fragile glass plate negatives that, under the custodianship of State Archives and Records NSW, can be brought to light for generations to come. 

- Supplied by Philip Morton, Publicity Officer, BDH&FHS Details: 4872 2169 or 4883 7862 Email: bdhsarchives@gmail.com