A historical photograph of the Alstonville Post Office provided by the Alstonville Plateau Historical Society for the town's 150th anniversary. Photo Contributed
A historical photograph of the Alstonville Post Office provided by the Alstonville Plateau Historical Society for the town's 150th anniversary. Photo Contributed Contributed

Historical exhibition at Alstonville Show

ALSTONVILLE has changed a lot in its 150 years.

And to illustrate the momentous anniversary the Northern Rivers U3A photography club has put together an exhibition highlighting the changes.

Club co-facilitator Heather Boulton said the exhibition contrasted early settlement photographs with modern re-created images of the same buildings and locations.

"When the show society asked us to put this presentation together we thought it would be a great idea for our people to have a focus for their photography," she said.

"We were going to print the photos and then we realised we had so many it would cost us a fortune to print them all."

A photograph of the modern-day Alstonville post office taken by the Northern Rivers U3A photography club. Photo Contributed
A photograph of the modern-day Alstonville post office taken by the Northern Rivers U3A photography club. Photo Contributed Contributed

Ms Boulton said the exhibition would be in the form of a projected power point presentation that would rotate through images.

"It's worked out to be a whole lot of fun," she said. 

"We had the old photos to start with, and once we had those, we could see where they were taken (and reconstruct them).

" Fellow U3A club facilitator Frank Ward said the idea for a before-and-after exhibition was taken to the Alstonville Plateau Historical Society, which was happy to help.

"We went to the historical society and talked about what we were doing and they gave us permission to photograph the old buildings that were on their walls," he said.

"We went and we tried to take photos in the same position. It's quite difficult at times because of the changes.

But some buildings, like the butter factory, were easy to take a modern photo of that same portion." Mr Ward said members of the U3A photography club would be at the Alstonville show pavilion with the exhibition to answer any questions and promote the club.  

What's on

The program of events in the ring on Friday at the show is:

  • 7am: Cattle working dog trials
  • 9am: Horse events
  • 5pm: Music and food celebration
  • 5.30pm: Behind the Chutes bull riding
  • 7pm: Taste of fireworks

For Saturday the program includes:

  • 8am: Horse events
  • 9am: Cattle judging
  • 9am: Poultry viewing and judging
  • 10am: Woodchop heats
  • 3pm: Bullride
  • 8pm: Fireworks

 For more information see alstonvilleshow.net    



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