Exhibition: Romance & Industry - Revisited
The Romance & Industry exhibition originally ran from August 2005 to February 2006. It was introduced in Vital Signs Issue 8 in the article “Globalisation, Nostalgia & Cultural Heritage" (PDF, 1.2mb).
Images from the New South Wales railways
Romance & Industry evokes another time … when travel by rail was instilled with a sense of glamour, and work on the railways was honoured as a labour of love.
The exhibition features luminous black and white photographs and stylish promotional materials held in the State archives collection that recall travel and work on the NSW railways from the 1930s to the sixties.
Romance & Industry affirms aspects of NSW railway history, now tinged with nostalgia as they fade from the public memory - the art deco splendour of Wynyard station, massive locomotives built in the crucible of the Eveleigh workshops, and a network of genteel refreshment rooms from Coffs to Cooma and Maitland to Moree.
Romance & Industry captures the speed and luxury of travel by train; the promise of escape and rejuvenation in a holiday away; and the feeling of pride and unity of men and women at work.
Now installed at the Western Sydney Records Centre
With the relocation of older exhibition pieces from the City office, we saw an opportunity to reconstitute the 'Romance & Industry' exhibition out at the Western Sydney Records Centre. Taking advantage of the original exhibition in The Rocks in 2005/2006 the new installation includes recently digitised railway images from our collection.
We look forward to your visit!
Make sure to check out the behind-the-scenes blog post at Archives Outside of how we put this together in just two weeks.