Those were the days…
10 Dec 2013
Alan Davies, Curator of Photographs, Mitchell Library, State Library of New South Wales, will open the a new photographic exhibition by well-known Newcastle photographer, Ron Morrison at Newcastle Region Library on Friday, 13 December.
The exhibition features photographs from the book Those Were The Days – Australia In The Sixties by Ron and Elizabeth Morrison and are a nostalgic and evocative reminder of a decade that changed the world and Australia with it.
Public Programs Coordinator CAROL EDMONDS says Ron has captured the essence of the sixties – the mini skirts, the opposition to the Vietnam War, the introduction of decimal currency, the mining boom, the lifestyle, as well as an immigration policy that saw many known as ‘Ten Pound Poms’ arrive from the British isles.
“The exhibition covers images from all states and territories. Many are from Newcastle including the selling of afternoon newspapers by paperboys outside the BHP, the launching of the Australian Trader and the sea trials of the Princess of Tasmania.”
All the photographs in the exhibition have been scanned from the original photos, negatives and transparencies and have been digitally printed.
Ron Morrison began his career as a cadet press photographer on the Newcastle Herald and Sun in 1949. In the sixties he owned and operated a press photographic agency with his wife, Elizabeth, supplying photos and stories Australiawide to newspapers and magazines.
During this time Ron travelled extensively around Australia with journalist friend, Alan Farrelly recording the changes that were occurring Australia wide.
Later Ron and Elizabeth embarked on different careers: Ron lectured in photography at the College of Advanced Education (now University of Newcastle), later becoming Head of Department of Visual Arts Communication. He also lectured in Photography at the University of Wollongong and Charles Sturt University. In 2001 Ron completed his PhD from the University of Wollongong.
Exhibition Launch – Those Were the Days
When: Friday 13 December at 5.30pm
Where: Newcastle Region Library, Lovett Gallery
The exhibition will continue until 8 February 2014.
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- Celebrate New Year’s Eve in Newcastle - 05 Dec 2013
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- Council update - 26 November 2013 - 26 Nov 2013
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- Have yourself a merry little Christmas in the city - 26 Nov 2013
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- Maritime focus for Australia Day - 22 Nov 2013
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- Boost for Newcastle by night - 21 Nov 2013
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- National Mens Shed conference confirmed - 19 Nov 2013
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- Attack of the zombies - 15 Nov 2013
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- Dive in to pools this weekend - 13 Nov 2013
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- Desperately seeking super stars - 13 Nov 2013
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- Affordable housing initiative launched - 11 Nov 2013
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- Newcastle city centre strategy wins major award - 08 Nov 2013
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- 1000 fridges and counting - 08 Nov 2013
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- Newcastle says thanks to CityServe volunteers - 08 Nov 2013
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- Hazard reduction burn CANCELLED - 06 Nov 2013
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- Glamarama wrap party with Bob Downe - 05 Nov 2013
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