Exhibition traces growth and change in the local area

20/11/2019

Hurstville Museum & Gallery’s Snapshot Gallery will soon host a new exhibition, Building St George, from 30 November 2019.

The exhibition brings together images of change through historic photos of construction, tracing the growth and development of the Georges River area from the early 20th century to the present.

Growing communities require greater infrastructure, increased housing and access to community facilities, and the establishment of the railway in the late 19th century had a profound impact on the St George area.

The rural landscape of the area changed as bushland was cleared and paddocks were replaced with cottages and roads. Large land holdings were purchased by companies, subdivided and then bought by businessmen and professionals who built grand homes.

This greatly influenced the demographics of the area, as residents changed from those who worked the land, to tradespeople gaining employment from the building boom and commuters travelling to the city.

The combined population of the Hurstville and Kogarah municipalities increased from 73,237 in 1947 to 114,340 in 1971, and the latest census recorded that 158,411 people now reside in the Georges River local government area.

The significant rise in the population of St George increased the demand for shops, schools, local government services and roads.

This influx triggered a building boom which saw the construction of many new houses during the 1960s and 1970s, with more multi-storey residential buildings being erected.

The Building St George exhibition showcases a curated selection of photographs from Georges River Libraries Local Studies collection, which contains over 10,000 photographs.

This free exhibition runs from 30 November 2019 to 22 March 2020.

Event: Building St George, Snapshot Gallery exhibition
Date: 30 November 2019 - 22 March 2020
Cost: Free
Location: Hurstville Museum & Gallery, 14 MacMahon Street, Hurstville.
Opening hours: Tuesday – Saturday 10.00am – 4.00pm, Sunday 2.00pm – 5.00pm
Phone: 9330 6444
E-mail: museumgallery@georgesriver.nsw.gov.au