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First Georges River Council Heritage Publication Grant helps to promote the work of early photographers


Georges River Council is pleased to announce that local historian and author Dr Garry Darby was awarded $5,000 in funding to assist with the publication of a new book that captures historical photos of the local area.
Administrator of Georges River Council, John Rayner, congratulated Dr Darby for his successful application through Council’s Heritage Publication Grant Program.
“The funding Dr Darby received has made possible the publication of his book titled Early Photographers of the Georges River Area: 1885-1936,” he said.
“It presents the work of seven photographers and presents a visual history of the local area and provides insights into just how much the local area has changed over the years.”
“Dr Darby has put in tremendous effort into researching the history behind each photo and the photographers for this book, which will provide the local community a valuable resource on the Georges River history,” he said.
“The book will be officially launched at Council’s Hurstville Museum & Gallery on Tuesday 19 September and I encourage everyone to come along,” he added.
Dr Darby said his lifelong interest in both local history and photography prompted his decision to create the book.
“I believe the book will be valuable to local citizens because many of these photographs will be seen for the first time,” he said.
“The photographs speak clearly of the way things were in our community and provide knowledge of why our area is the way it is today,” he explained.
For more information, please visit or call 9330 6400.
Book Launch Details:
Where: Hurstville Museum & Gallery, MacMahon Street, Hurstville
When: Tuesday 19 September 
Time: 3.00pm
RSVP: Jessica Iannelli –
Phone: 9330 6444
Transport: The Museum & Gallery are within walking distance from Hurstville Train Station and from the Hurstville Bus Interchange.
Parking: The nearest parking site is the Patrick Street Car Park which is next to the Museum & Gallery. 

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