They all feature in Glenorchy Stories, an exhibition celebrating 150 years of the Glenorchy municipality currently showing at the Moonah Arts Centre (MAC).
In Glenorchy Stories, four of these exhibitions come together.
who were a few years older than me lived in Lutana. They used to drive into
Moonah on a Saturday night in their convertible. I’d get to sit in the car and
we’d go past the Blue Moon and there would be all these teddy boys and girls, with
fantastic coloured skirts that stuck out a mile and people had just started wearing
winkle pickers and for me, a little farm boy from Oatlands, it was so exotic
and I just loved every minute of it.
actually came from Moonah. Most of the Silhouettes and Kravats lived in Moonah and at the time, it was a bit of a hot bed of youth music
culture, rock n roll culture.
Service or Top of the Pops. A new record would be released literally that
night, and one guy would write down the notes and the other guy would write
down the words and the next Friday night, the week after it was first heard on
radio in England, they’d be playing it in the Spook Club and playing it well.
Mountains, Mud and Migrants contains images of ordinary suburbanites carrying protest placards and that’s what stuck out for This Girl. There was a time when there were big plans for Springfield. It was going to be the garden city, based on the model of the ideal town like Cadbury’s Bournville in England, Springfield in Illinois and of course, Colonel Light’s Adelaide.
A company arrived and decided to
subdivide and sell the land but they didn’t sell much of the land before
something weird happened and they disappeared.
up to your ankles. People used to have to walk to the bus stop at the bottom of
the hill in their gum boots. At the bus stop they’d take their gum boots off
and put their work shoes on and get on the bus and go to town. The gum boots
would sit at the bus stop all day. They’d come home from work, put their work
shoes in their bag and put their gum boots back on and trudge up the hill in
the mud to their homes. In the summer time it was the absolute reverse. A
friend told me that they used to call it Dusty Springfield because in summer it
was just clouds of dust blowing off the road.
would have been very loath to come up against authority. The less they had to
do with authority the better particularly those who had gone through the war. Their
protests were s probably an indication that they were at the end of their
an Act, called the Springfield Act, to enable them to give money to Glenorchy
Council to fix the roads up. Remember in those days civil action wasn’t high on
the agenda so it was a real outcome.
migrant communities shopped or met or had a coffee. She’s developing an application in collaboration with UTAS based on these places.
space, the built environment as well as exploring history at the same time.
using their own device or borrowing one from us for the tour, they’ll download
the app or by using a handheld map, they’ll be able to locate local sites and activate
a story about that place and other useful information. She’s also adding to
that with a project called Re-photos where she’s encouraging anyone to pin a
current photo to an old photo that will be contained in the app. It will sort
of superimpose over it and the two photos will also appear side by side on a
website that’s associated with the project.
have the space they already need to hold the 14 exhibitions a year, 14 concerts a year, school holiday programs for kids, meetings, special events and workshops for adults which are currently held in in one room, and it will allow them to grow.
space for the communities that make this municipality rich.
after the WWII period this would be a lovely way to make up for that deficit.