Past exhibitions



Aboriginal men and women have fought in all wars for Australia, from the Boer War to the armed forces currently on deployment in the Middle East. In this exhibition the focus is primarily, though not exclusively, on Wiradjuri men, who joined up to fight in the First and Second World Wars.

Many of those whose lives are shown in this exhibition were compelled by dual loyalties. They were fighting for Australia and the ideology of freedom associated with these wars, yet, they were also acting as responsible men of their Traditional Nations, out of duty to protect their families and their people's Country.

Each Traditional Nation had their own language, philosophy and understanding. For Wiradjuri men, this responsibility was part of the Law associated with Yindyamarra (often translated as honour or respect), the key principle at the heart of Wiradjuri life. For these men it was their obligation to:

Nganga-dha garray-gu, bila-galang-gu!
Yandhu garray-bu bilagalang-bu nganga-girri nginyalgir.

Look after the land and the rivers and the land and the rivers will look after you.

On display at the Museum's Historic Council Chambers site from Friday 24 April.

Wagga Wagga Takes It Easy 

The weekend's coming up – a couple of days off – what will you do to relax? What did your grandfather do on his day off?

Sneak a squiz at Taking it Easy in Wagga, an exhibition featuring photographs and postcards of Wagga swimming, dancing, riding bikes, picnicking, just kicking back.

On dispay at the Museum's Historic Council Chamber site from Friday 27 February until Sunday March 21


 I Want to Share My Story

In late 2014, twenty-eight local mature students embarked on a six-week digital photography course led by Charles Sturt University Photography and Animation and Visual Effects students. This showcase exhibition gives you a glimpse into the lives of the artists through their eyes, their work and their imaginations.

On display at the Museum's Historic Council Chambers site from Friday 13 March until Sunday 22 March 2015.

When the Abikhair store was closing in the mid 1990's AlburyCity were fortunate enough to acquire the complete merchandise and stock from this iconic Albury store for the collection.  This included original merchandise and advertising material from previous decades, especially the 1950's. 


The store owners and operators; Saad and Betro Abikhair immigrated from Mount Lebanon and opened their Swift Street store in Albury in 1928 after arriving in 1895 as hawkers from Melbourne. At first, Abikhair relied on Melbourne manufacturers and wholesalers but eventually began importing and supplying goods himself. Goods on offer included: girdles, stockings, clothing, household supplies, beauty supplies, toiletry supplies, sewing supplies (haberdashery), shoes, hats – and much more in the style of the Emporium. 

The Emporium store had two entries, one each for men and women, which navigated patrons to appropriate sections of the store. As it was considered inappropriate for men to see, let alone purchase, women's unmentionables, the entry for men took them through sporting goods and men's supplies. Women were directed past the women's, children's, men's and household supplies counters before reaching the register.

Emporiumis an accessible exhibition that connects to the everyday and our consumer heritage. Stylised 1950's women promote toiletries, women's garments even vacuum cleaners! This stunning marketing material demonstrates the context of the 1950s woman and the society they lived in.      

On Display at the Museum's Historic Council Chambers site from Friday 5 December 2014 until Sunday 22 February 201


A Convict in the Family?


Catherine Mulhall photographed with items similar to those stolen by her convict ancestor Elizabeth Bridges. Photograph (c) Mine Konakci

Was your ancestor transported for a pittance? A convict in the family? showcases the rich, large-scale photographs of documentary photographer Mine Konakci. The works reveal the connections between convict settlers, their direct descendants and the petty crimes that changed the course of their families' histories. Drawn from a diverse cross-section of the community, sitters have been photographed alongside a representation of the item, or items, stolen by their ancestors.

A convict in the family? is a travelling exhibition from Sydney Living Museums. The exhibition is supported by Momento.


About Mine Konakci

Mine Konakci is an Australian with Turkish heritage. She holds a Masters in documentary Photography, from the Sydney College of Arts, The University of Sydney and a Bachelor of Graphic Design from the Mimar Sinan University of Fine Arts, Istanbul, Turkey.

Her fascination with Australia's convict past started when she was commissioned by a heritage publication in 2008 to photograph Anna, a convict descendant high-school student. When she embarked on her Master's degree in documentary photography, documenting direct descendants of convict settlers became the obvious choice for her major project.

A convict in the family? is her first solo exhibition. Mine lives and works in Sydney.

On display at the Museum's Historic Council Chambers site until 25th January 2015


Faith, Fashion, Fusion: Muslim Women's Style in Australia


Taken on the streets of Sydney, this image captures the diversity and creativity of Australian Muslim women's style. Photo by Marinco Kojdanovski.

Australian Muslim women dress in diverse styles and are increasingly choosing to engage with global fashion trends while also expressing their faith. Faith, fashion, fusion, which is travelling to Wagga from the Powerhouse Museum in Sydney; explores the emerging modest fashion market and the work of a new generation of fashion designers, retailers and bloggers offering stylish clothing and fashion advice to Muslim women. Faith, fashion and Muslim identity are further explored through the experiences and achievements of a group of Australian Muslim women. Their stories reflect on the diversity of the Muslim community and the importance of the Muslim faith in all aspects of their lives.

On display at the Historic Council Chambers

26thof September 2014 – 24thof November 2014




Chinese Dinosaurs under construction Credit: Stuart Humphreys © Australian Museum


From a Lion wrapped in plastic, to a man with an aerial in his hand and a bird on his head, three Australian Museum photographers Carl Bento, Stuart Humphreys and James King are exposed to many unique visual opportunities in their daily working lives. Museum EXPOSED! is an opportunity to put forward uniquely creative and thought provoking images from the Australian Museum's photography collection which may have never seen the light of day.

On display at the Historic Council Chambers

7th August 2014 - 14th September 2014




Highlighting the creativity and innovation of NSW's most talented high school design students this exhibition is a showcase of exemplary works from the 2013 candidature of the NSW HSC Design and Technology course.


GripGo racing kart hand controls, Jaden Partridge, Alstonville High School 

On Display at the Museum's Historic Council Chambers site from Wednesday 2 July until Sunday 3 August 





Traversing Antarctica: The Australian Experience

Imagine life in a land of ice and blizzards. 
What motivates people to venture to a place of such extremes as Antarctica? One word: discovery. 

Traversing Antarctica: the Australian experience shows how Australia's connection with the frozen continent has developed for over 100 years since the 1911–14 Australasian Antarctic Expedition led by Douglas Mawson. Documentary materials from the National Archives, a rare collection of original equipment, diaries from early expeditions and inspiring imagery reveal this fascinating history. The exhibition is a joint project by the National Archives of Australia, the Australian Antarctic Division and the Western Australian Museum.

On exhibition at the Museum of the Riverina Historic Council Chambers site until Sunday 22 June, 2014


 Moulting Adélie penguins affected by blizzard, Cape Denison, 1912. 
Photographer: Frank Hurley. 
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Courage to Care: Ordinary People - Extraordinary Acts

Courage to Care is a travelling exhibition and social tolerance program. This exhibition demonstrates the importance of standing up to prejudice whenever it occurs. Using Holocaust survivors' stories as an example, Courage to Care empowers its participants to take positive action in relation to discrimination and bullying in all forms, from the schoolyard to the workplace and beyond - not to be bystanders, to make a difference whenever possible. 

The exhibition uses living historians as well as texts, objects, memorabilia and interactive discussions to tell stories of rescuers and those who were rescued in World War II. The Holocaust is last century's most extreme example of how far racism and discrimination can go if not stopped. Courage to Care will be on exhibition at the Museum's Historic Council Chambers site from Friday 25 October until Sunday 24 November.

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The Tinytoreum

Now on exhibition at the Historic Council Chambers site

This travelling exhibition developed by the Powerhouse Museum is full of tiny treasures and big ideas. With words and illustrations by award-winning team Jackie French and Bruce Whatley, the exhibition will inspire children and adults alike. On exhibition until Sunday 20 October.

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"Gunna the goanna's big ideas".  Illustration by Bruce Whatley for The Tinytoreum. Photo: Sotha Bourn, Powerhouse Museum.

Racing for the King: The 1947 Riverina Billycart Derby

Now on exhibition at the Historic Council Chambers site
Many years before the World Championship Gumi Race, an equally unique event drew crowds of spectators to the streets of Wagga.  Racing for the King celebrates the Riverina Billycart Derby which was held in Wagga on Monday 16 June 1947, in celebration of King George VI's 52nd birthday.  Thousands of onlookers lined Baylis Street to view the Assembly and Grand Parade, and then moved onto Macleay Street to experience the thrills, spills and spectacle of the race itself.  This collection of photographs captures those days when foolhardy young racers hurtled down Macleay Street in their home made carts, emblazoned with names like Sawdust, Hoyt's Hurricane and Blamey's Blitz

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Image: Riverina Saw Mill billycart, Sawdust, driven by P. Geppart on the starting line, Macleay Street

Museum2you Sustainability exhibition

For a short time Museum2you Sustainability exhibition will be visiting the Museum of the Riverina. Museum2you is a mini-exhibition developed by the Australian Museum that looks at the impact of how we live on our planet's future.  It features practical information, handy resources and museum insect specimens that show how sustainable practices can ensure the long-term welfare of all life on earth. 

It will be on display in Kidzone at the Museum's Botanic Gardens site until Sunday 21 July.

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Living in a sensory world: 
Stories from people with blindness and low vision 

Today, Australians with blindness or low vision participate in every aspect of community life, thanks to developments in education, training, technology, legislation and social change over the past 140 years. This exhibition gives visitors an understanding of the world of the blindness and low vision community and celebrates their achievements. On exhibition at the Museum's Historic Council Chambers site from Friday 10 May – Sunday 21 July.  


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Fragments of the Past: Wagga at Work, 1955

This exhibition showcases 35 photographs taken by Murray Attiwell, held by the Charles Sturt University Regional Archives. These black and white photographs were taken within a three week period in 1955 while Attiwell worked as a photographer for the Wagga daily newspaper, the Evening News. Also on display are objects relating to these businesses during the 1950's from the collection of the Museum of the Riverina. On exhibition at the Museum's Historic Council Chamber's site from Friday 1 March until Sunday 21 July, 2013.

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Instrumental in Defence: The Australian Army Band Kapooka

Step into the world of the Australian Army Band Kapooka, one of only seven Australian Army bands, based here in Wagga Wagga! Discover how these full time musicians mix music with army life and more!

Budding wanna be army musicians can come along and 'get with the band' in our STOMP AWAY children's area. On exhibition at the Museum's Historic Council Chamber's site from Friday 1 March until Sunday 5 May, 2013.

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The Force: 150 years of NSW Police

This exhibition celebrates 150 years of policing in NSW through a rich collection of photographs, objects and film footage. It charts the formation of specialist units, the science of crime investigation, the role of women in the force, changes in police duties and equipment, and also pays tribute to the thousands of officers who have served their community. This touring exhibition is presented in partnership with the Historic Houses Trust of NSW - Justice and Police Museum and NSW Police Force. On exhibition at the Museum's Historic Council Chambers site from Friday 19 October – Sunday 17 February. 

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Image: Traffic control hand signal demonstration, Darlington. Police Photographer Norman Merchant, 17 August 1950. NSW Police Forensic Photography Archive, Justice & Police Museum, Historic Houses Trust

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makers' space

Each season the Museum's makers' space hosts a diverse range of Riverina based makers in a series of small-scale group exhibitions. Located in the foyer of the Museum's Historic Council Chambers site, makers' space is open to the public to browse or buy.

The makers' space is a step into the world of retail for independant makers and designers and gives you a glimpse of the regions emerging talent.

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Sticky stories: the art and adventure of beekeeping

This exhibition will reveal the history of beekeeping as this craft is handed down to each new generation of beekeepers. Discover the life of bees and the many and varied landscapes local beekeepers and their families visit, to unlock the secrets of honey gathering. On at the Museum's Historic Council Chambers site until Sunday 14 October.
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ABC Open: Now and Then

ABC Open's Now and Then is a photography project with a twist – an old photo is rephotographed in its current setting to create a window into the past and to show how times have changed. This multimedia exhibition revisits personal and community photographic collections to celebrate the rich history of the Riverina. On at the Museum's Historic Council Chambers site until Sunday 14 October.

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Then photo: Dignitaries gather outside the Historic Council Chambers for an official welcome for the NSW Governor and his wife, Lord and Lady Chelmsford, photographer unknown - 1912, courtesy the State Library of NSW. Now photo: Christopher Orchard, 2012


Femme fatale - The Female Criminal

On exhibition at the Museum's Historic Council Chambers site until Sunday 10 June.

Woman is rarely wicked, but when she is, she is worse than a man. Italian proverb

Wicked women, seductive sinners, vicious vixens - the female criminal is portrayed in many guises in popular culture, myth, literature and history but what do these stereotypes tell us about real women and crime?

Australian authorities have grappled with how to control wayward women from the moment the first female convicts stepped ashore. The brutal reality faced by notorious female offenders such as 'the man woman murderer' Eugenia Falleni, sly grogger Kate Leigh and poisoner Yvonne Fletcher is in stark contrast to the glamour of the noir seductress and pulp novel siren. This exhibition examines these extremes, traversing criminological theory, popular culture and the true stories of some of our most notorious female criminals.

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This exhibition presents a range of objects and collections relating to one of the most exciting and tumultuous design periods of the early 20th century. A touring exhibition from AlburyCity featuring Art Deco related photography, radios, textiles, jewellery, ceramics and a 1927 Indian Scout Motorcycle.

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The Sauntering Emu and other stories: Life with the Birds of the Riverina

The birds of the Riverina inspire us. They will continue to do so for as long as we share this country together. The words of local poet and writer Dame Mary Gilmore help us to tell this story.

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Once nested there the pelican,
And there the swan sailed stately by;
By day the ibis stalked, and night
Was startled by the curlew's cry.

There slashed the whipping plover's wing,
And there the mopoke haunted low,
At dawn the sauntering emu stooped,
And drank unhindered long ago.

[Dame Mary Gilmore, Under the Wilgas, 1932]

Today the Riverina is home to over 300 species of bird, and a human population of around 150,000.

This exhibition looks at our life with the birds of the Riverina. It is a tale of change and challenge, survival and triumph. It will be open to the public from Saturday the 24 September 2011 to 3 March 2012 at the Museum's Botanic Gardens site.

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Welcome to your Odditoreum

Discover the weird, wonderful and wacky in this travelling exhibition from Sydney's Powerhouse Museum that features a selection of curiosities. 

These objects have been carefully selected for their own peculiarity, creating a display of oddities not normally seen. Children's author and illustrator Shaun Tan, has transformed these objects with intriguing stories, blurring fact and fantasy.

It will be open at the Museum's Botanic Gardens site until from Saturday 29 October to Sunday 26 February 2012. 

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Shell-shocked: Australia after Armistice

At 5am on 11 November 1918, on a train outside Paris, the armistice to end World War I was signed. It marked the end of a conflict that left 200,000 Australians dead, injured or maimed, and a generation in shell shock. Following the immediate jubilation marking the end of World War I, soldiers came home to a different reality. Shell-shocked: Australia after Armistice explores how the community dealt with the lingering effects of the war over the next 20 years.

Feel the grief and uncertainty of the mother unable to find out the fate of her son for two years. Discover what the future held for the brave nurse wounded on the field as she treated a casualty. Follow the journeys of soldiers as they resettled after the horrors of battle.

A travelling exhibition from the National Archives of Australia, open at the Historic Council Chambers site from 4 November 2011 to 29 January 2012.

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Image: NAA - A ward for the totally and permanently incapacitated in an Anzac Hostel, 1919

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Castro's Claim

An exhibition from the Museum's extensive Tichborne collection, bringing to life the incredible story of Tom Castro, the Wagga butcher who claimed to be the heir to the Tichborne fortune, and put Wagga on the world map.

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Yindyamarra Winhanganha - The wisdom of respectfully knowing how to 'live well in a world worth living in'

Yindyamarra Winhanganha is a photographic exhibition of Aboriginal Elders portraits taken by renowned photographer Mervyn Bishop.

Accompanied by oral history recordings this exhibition is co curated by local Wiradjuri Elder Aunty Flo Grant and Charles Sturt University academic, Deb Evans. On exhibition at the Historic Council Chambers site 10 September to 30 October.

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Trainspotting: the Powerhouse Museum International Photo Competition 2011

Trainspotting celebrates the railway industry and the Powerhouse Museum's extensive collection of rail and steam trains. The winning images showcase a variety of styles and interests, from documenting locomotives in motion, to works that explore the social experience of train travel. The judges are this year impressed by the photojournalistic approach of entrants.

The Powerhouse Museum hosted the full competition on photo sharing website flickr, you can visit the web version of this touring exhibition on the flickr Powerhouse Museum Photo Competition page.

The forty seven winning images are on exhibition at the Museum's Historic Council Chambers site until 18 September 2011. OVERALL

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Image: Hermannplatz 4 by Bernadette Murray, Sydney, Australia

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Staying warm

Just as the people of Wagga have sought to keep cool during the long hot summers, they have also devised and adopted various methods for staying warm during the colder months.  Winters in Wagga are cool to cold with overnight minimums averaging 3°C and daily maximums climbing to only 12°-14°C on average. Frosts and fog is a feature of Wagga in winter, and snow has even been recorded, with the most notable snowfall occurring on 8 August 1899.  Staying Warm showcases a selection of objects from the Museum's permanent collection; some successfully brought comfort on the coldest winter's day, others have been discontinued due to either technological advances or changing social mores. This exhibition was on at the Botanic Gardens site until 24 September, 2011.

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Image: Foot muff used to keep feet warm whilst travelling outdoors on a sulky or early model vehicle. Circa 1920-30.

Symbols of Australia

Drawn from the collections of the National Museum of Australia, this exhibition explores ten of the symbols Australians have chosen to represent themselves (The Flag, Kangaroo, Wattle, Uluru, Boomerang, Sydney Harbour Bridge, Southern Cross, Holden, Vegemite, Billy). National symbols help define and represent national identity, but as with all symbols their meanings can vary depending on context and point of view. Some national symbols endure, others fade and new symbols develop as attitudes and values change. This exhibition was on display at the Museum's Historic Council Chambers site from May 20 - 7 August, 2011.

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AGRITYPE: Metal farm nameplates in south-east Australia

This exhibition of rural heritage explores the history and cultural significance of agricultural typography as a key part of the material fabric of everyday life in the region. Come and explore a diverse range of hand-crafted signage, local farming history and photographic images of this unique slice of Riverina life. This exhibition was on display at the Museum's Historic Council Chambers site from 8 April - 15 May.

Image:  Munroe, Olympic Highway NSW, 2010



Anything is collectable! This exhibition showcases a collection that commenced over 20 years ago on a Paraguayan Airlines flight and has grown into a collection of over 200 airline sickness bags from around the world. This private collection provides a quirky and unique view of collecting aeronautical memorabilia and aviation history. Children are encouraged to get creative in our Play, Design and Read activity corner located within the exhibition space. This exhibition was on display at the Museum's Historic Council Chambers site from 8 April - 15 May.

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Keeping Cool

This exhibition showcases a selection of objects and images from the museum's permanent collection which will evoke the sultriness of an Australian inland summer.

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Women Transported - Life in Australia's Convict Female Factories

Incarcerated in Female Factories, convict women would work in appalling conditions whilst waiting to hear their fate. This travelling exhibition from the Parramatta Heritage Centre unearths this often ignored chapter of Australia's early colonial life, bringing to life heroic tales of feistiness and determination. Personal accounts from these women are revealed and celebrated through films, interactives and some of the earliest colonial artefacts in the country.

Image: Anne Dunne, unknown photographer, digital photographic copy of original c1865 ambryotype photograph, Courtesy of Maureen Upfold, Susan Bulbrook and Helen Soars

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Tracking the Dragon - A history of the Chinese in the Riverina

This exhibition explores the history of Chinese migration and settlement in the Riverina. Featuring a range of significant objects and images this exhibition reveals a complex and poignant narrative that examines both the public and private lives of the Chinese Australian migrant experience.

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Parasites in Focus

Get up close and personal with the microscopic creepy crawlies that hitch a ride on their unsuspecting victims. It may surprise you how common these freeloaders are in nature and the ways in which they make contact and take advantage of their host. Featuring spectacular photographic prints and interactive exhibits, this exhibition provides a chance for the whole family to take a rare glimpse into the world of these undesirable guests. Now on display until 23 February.

Image: Campanulotes bidentatus, image from "Parasites in Focus", copyright 2007

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How safe were the sixites?

This photographic exhibition from the Charles Sturt University Regional Archives, curated by Dr. Nancy Blacklow poses the question: "Standards and codes in the twenty-first century surround our daily life, but how 'safe' was life fifty years ago?"
The issues of workplace safety, road safety, and the safety of children are explored through our present-day reaction to the scenes depicted. A simple example of this reaction is in the image below of a small child left alone in her pram on the edge of the footpath in Baylis Street, along with an unattended ladder and various electrical cords.

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Exposed! The story of swimwear

Movie sirens, aquatic stars, bathing beauties, athletes, sporting icons, swimmers and designers all played their part in the evolution of the modern swimsuit. Blurring the boundaries between underwear and outerwear, the swimsuit continues to make shock waves. This Australian National Maritime Museum Travelling exhibition highlights the designs and designers, past and present, at the forefront of Australian swimwear fashion. 

Image: Peggy Moffitt modelling Rudi Gernreich's topless swimsuit in 1964. Photograph by William Claxton, courtesy of Demont Photo Management ( 

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Little Shipmates - Seafaring Pets

Cats, dogs, monkeys and birds have been cherished on board ships for as long as people have made sea voyages. Sydney photographer Sam Hood went on board thousands of ships between 1900 and the 1950s. This selection of 14 photographs shows how much pets meant to many seafarers. An Australian National Maritime Museum travelling exhibition.

Image: Seaman with a cat and kitten on board a sailing ship about 1910, nitrate negative. ANMM Collection. Samuel J Hood Studio

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Steel Beach - Ship breaking in Bangladesh

An Australian National Maritime Museum travelling exhibition, Steel Beach - Shipbreaking in Bangladesh draws together images by Sydney photographer Andrew Bell to show the tough reality and dangers of the unregulated shipbreaking industry.

Andrew Bell's photographs capture the unwanted oil tankers, passenger liners and fishing boats beached on these mud-flats where thousands of labourers work with blowtorches, hammers and brute strength to dismantle and recycle every inch of the giant steel structures.  

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Crafting Designs: New directions for sustainability

Rohan Nicol is a craftsperson and designer who is known nationally for his handmade contemporary jewellery and objects. He lives in Wagga Wagga and teaches at Charles Sturt University, where he completed his PhD in 2010. He believes that designers and makers working in regional areas can make contributions equal to those in metropolitan centres, and aims to demonstrate that broad notions of sustainability can be fostered through local collaborative partnerships. In 2009 Rohan won the Bombay Sapphire Design Discovery Award for his lighting products some of which are featured in this exhibition.

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Built for the Bush

This exhibition explores some of the energy efficient features of Australia's 19th century country homes and the reappearance of many of these traditional practices in contemporary green architecture. 

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Image: 'Permanent camping', Mudgee, by Casey Brown Architects. Photography by Penny Clay.

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In Living Memory

This exhibition features surviving black and white images from the records of the Aborigines Welfare Board, dating from 1919 to 1966. Most of the photographs were taken to document the work of the Board and to promote its policies. In Living Memory also includes contemporary images of Elders, families and communities, taken by Indigenous photographer Mervyn Bishop during the ongoing exhibition consultation process. Image: AWB wedding photograph of Emma Downey & Billy Richardson, with flower girls Lulu & Dorrie Simpson, New Angledool, 1925; Reproduced with permission of Mervyn Bishop, Sydney; Rita Gibbs, Kelso; Iris Scanlan, Cooroy; Marjorie R Little, Sydney.


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MAP:me what's your personal map?

We each carry a personal map of places that shape our lives. The exhibition, MAP:me, shares the stories behind this 'personal geography'. This exhibition, in collaboration with Wagga Wagga residents, features a series of Personal Maps: illuminated cane and paper sculptures in human form.





Centre for Contemporary Photography (CCP) Documentary Award

The seventh Centre for Contemporary Photography (CCP) Documentary Photography Award is a biennial showcase of contemporary Australian documentary photography. It represents a unique, national initiative in support of documentary photography, providing a rare opportunity to assess the themes, styles and ideas that characterise this fascinating genre.  




Freedom From Fear

This photographic exhibition captures the sense of belonging felt by refugees who have made a home in NSW. A home where they are helping to shape new communities and are free from fear of violence and persecution. Curated and sponsored by the NSW DET AMEP Consortia, led by NSW AMES, a partnership of English language providers, and support services which deliver the Adult Migrant English Program across NSW.

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Bill Kerr: The Boy from Wagga Wagga

This exhibition celebrating the extraordinary radio, stage & screen career of Bill Kerr: The Boy from Wagga Wagga. This exhibition features never-before-seen film and theatre photography, original posters and memorabilia that are of great local and national significance, and is a partnership between the Museum of the Riverina and Dr Neill Overton from Charles Sturt University's School of Humanities & Social Sciences in Wagga Wagga.


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Echoes of the Past, Voices of the Future: German Settlement in The Riverina

In the mid-1860s many hardworking German farmers left South Australia to select cheap farming land in NSW in the fertile southern Riverina. Archaeologist and exhibition curator Associate Professor Dirk Spennemann has captured this link to the region's past in his photographic exhibition 'Echoes of the Past, Voices of the Future'. Also on display will be a selection of objects and stories from the Museum's permanent collection relating to German migration history in Wagga Wagga and the surrounding district.


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There's a War On! World War II at home

With the outbreak of WWII communities across NSW felt its impact. For some, supporting the war effort led to adventure, love, lasting friendships and new experiences. For others, wartime meant loss and hardship, or led them straight to a POW/internment camp because of their 'alien' heritage. A Museum & Galleries NSW Touring exhibition, There's a War On!World War II at home showcases the varied experiences of the men, women and children who fought the war on the home front.

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Augusta's Story

The Riverina Community College and the Museum of the Riverina supports newly arrived members of our migrant communities to make locally made arts, crafts and sewn garments.


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Students from local primary schools were invited by Riverina Eastern Regional Organisation of Councils (REROC) to participate in this years' event and create works of art from a selection of clean waste. 


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Calling all budding designers come be inspired by exemplary works from the 2008 HSC Design and Technology course.



An exhibition of outstanding HSC major Textile and Design projects. Come and admire the style and finesse of these stunning works.

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Max Dupain: On Assignment

Max Dupain is widely considered to be one of Australia's greatest photographers. He was known for his progressive style and innovation in black & white photography. His iconic beach photographs, cityscapes and landscapes evoke a strong sense of time and place. A touring exhibition from the National Archives of Australia featuring many Max Dupain photographs that have never been seen before. What people may not know about Max Dupain is that throughout his career he ran a commercial photography business, specialising in commissions for the Australian Government and large corporations. His photographs were frequently used to promote Australian immigration, trade and investment. It is these eye-catching and enticing images that are featured in this exhibition, showcasing the diversity and longevity of Dupain's commercial career.

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Monks+Hardy: We Built This City

Who designed and built Wagga Wagga? This exhibition reveals the collaboration between prominent Riverina architect William John Monks and a dynasty of local builders, the Hardy family. Spanning 80 years, from 1861 to 1939, this collaboration created some of Wagga Wagga's most significant civic, commercial and private buildings. This Museum of the Riverina exhibition has been developed in partnership with the National Trust of Australia (NSW), Riverina Regional Committee.

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Memento Mori

Remember that you are mortal (memento mori), traces the evolution of the gothic subculture back to its roots in Victorian period writing, dress and funerary practice. This exhibition draws connections from music culture, from futurism onwards, and explores the relevance of gothic subculture in regional Australia. Image by Chris Orchard. 


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Box World

BoxWorld features over 900 individual buildings representing most things you would find expect to find in a typical Australian city. The tallest skyscraper is over 5 metres high, and there is a football stadium, a soccer ground, swimming pool, shops and factories. Its creator, Warren Thomas, is an environmentalist and model maker from Tasmania, who believes in the value of the three R's: Reduce, Re-use and Recycle. Warren has used cardboard, polystyrene, cans, bottles, milk cartons, straws, ice cream sticks and more to create this model city.

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Thirteen: Faces of Edel Quin

 A contemporary photographic exhibition of thirteen men, all residents at the Edel Quinn Homeless Men's Shelter in Wagga Wagga. These portraits capture their faces and stories, all at a point of transition. This exhibition also examines the social and cultural dynamics of a sometimes invisible group of people who live in our community. Image: Kate Lewis 

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Winning Sky Photos: The David Malin Awards

View the best entries of this Australian astrophotography competition, capturing the spectacular beauty of the night sky. Part of the 2009 National Trust Heritage Festival, celebrating the International Year of Astronomy.

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