Streetscapes exhibition reveals a snapshot in time

16/07/2019

Locals interested in the history of the Georges River area are being encouraged to attend the Hurstville Museum & Gallery’s latest Snapshot Gallery exhibition, Streetscapes, which highlights local streetscapes and how they have changed over time. 

These historic images of our suburban environment reveal just how much our local suburbs have evolved, from their original centres and branching out into surrounding areas. 

The main streets of local hubs are usually a bustling mix of vehicle and pedestrian traffic, social meeting places, businesses promoting their products in their shop windows, and advertising signs – reflecting the community. 

The 19th and early 20th century shop buildings featured verandas and awnings, and large display windows. General stores were often overloaded spaces with an expansive range of household essentials and knick-knacks – not that different from today’s bargain shops. 

With the introduction of photography, documenting nature and urban landscapes changed forever. Many historical records of the Georges River area go back to the period of early glass plate photography in the late 19th century. 

Two early photographers capturing the St George area through their lenses were Joseph Brokenshire, who had his home and pharmacy in Sans Souci, and James Charles Cruden, who lived in Oatley. 

The Snapshot Gallery forms part of Hurstville Museum & Gallery and showcases a curated selection of photographs from the Georges River Libraries Local Studies collection. The Local Studies collection contains over 10,000 photographs. 

Streetscapes will be on exhibition from 3 August to 24 November 2019.