AT WORK IN MOUNT ALEXANDER
HISTORIC PHOTOS FROM THE VEREY COLLECTION 1883-1954
Exhibition on show in Castlemaine Library foyer from May 14 to June 29.
A Place of Work...
The collection of 41 photographs you can see here explores the theme of 'work' in Mount Alexander Shire. It shows some of the history of how men, women and children have worked: in schools, in shops, in industry, in hospitals and homes, supporting the well being of family and community. Some of the photographs show the workers and workplaces in major activities like gold mining, woollen mills and boiler making. Others show the work that supported these major activities: education, health, hospitality, looking after homes and families, shopping and business. Other photographs show how sport, music, celebrating, eating and drinking have long been intertwined with work.
The exhibition shows some aspects of life in Castlemaine that are gone. We may reflect that this is for the better, as modern health, safety and environmental concerns will come to mind when we look at these workplaces. On the other hand, many of the occupations and their associated skills, traditions and crafts shown here have also disappeared, or altered almost beyond recognition, as have some important places and buildings. But other places remain comfortingly recognizable, especially buildings in the town centre, even though the streets themselves are utterly changed through the presence of cars, electric lighting and paving.