At Work & Play is a collection of 7000 photographs documenting rural life in NSW between 1880 – 1940.
Funded by the NSW Bicentennial Council in 1988, the State Library of NSW toured 24 towns in regional NSW inviting members of the public to donate copies of photographs. Project co-ordinator Alan Davies described the basic criterion as “Will this photograph be of interest to other Australians?”
Selection criteria included a pre 1940 date and a subject that could be identified.
The images are a great resource for family historians and help provide social context to an ancestor’s life.
Here are a selection of images from Deniliquin, a town in the Riverina region in southern NSW famous for wool growing.
For more information on the Library’s pictorial collections click here
To search the Library’s Pictures Collections click on this link to the Manuscripts and Pictures catalogue.
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At Work & Play - Images of Rural Life in NSW: 1880-1940