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Into the light: Curating the ‘Developing Sydney’ exhibition

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Thursday 6 May from 1pm to 2pm

The day-to-day life experiences of previous Sydneysiders are often ignored when researching the history of the city’s built form. Join City of Sydney historian and curator Laila Ellmoos to explore how a lost Sydney emerged from the City archives during research for the current photographic exhibition Developing Sydney: Capturing Change 1900-1920

In this free 1-hour talk, hear about the making of the show and Laila’s unexpected finds and favourite scenes and characters in these photographs. From barefooted urchins and backyard marsupials, to shaved heads and large hats, billy carts and missing shoes, the experiences of previous Sydneysiders are revealed. Also find out how the digital scanning techniques have enhanced our ability to zoom in on the previously unseen detail in the old glass plate negatives. 

The online talk will go for 1 hour, including a short Q&A. This is a free event however, bookings are essential. Please register below. Please read your booking confirmation carefully for instructions on how to join the event on Zoom. You’ll need to install the free Zoom software on your own or computer or device to participate.

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