Lake Macquarie Then and Now Exhibit

Filed under Event & Venue, Heritage & Historical, Lake Macquarie ~ by Press on  6 Feb 2020

100 years apart: A look into the Lake Macquarie of the past.

Lake Macquarie is always changing. The homes, businesses, cars and streets. While we celebrate the future, it’s important to remember the past.

Then and Now gives a snapshot of Lake Macquarie over the past 100 years.

Hosted by SEEN@Swansea, the photographic exhibition has historic images of well-known city spots paired with a ‘today’ picture of the same location.

Pacific Highway Charlestown NSW in 1954.

Lake Macquarie City Council Lifelong Learning and Engagement Coordinator Jessica Dowdell said the exhibition was an opportunity for residents of Lake Macquarie to understand the rich history of where live.

The photos within the exhibition help visitors reflect on our rich past and look forward to a future of possibilities,” Ms. Dowdell said.

Highlights of the exhibition include photographs of the Mattara Hotel in Charlestown, revealing its modern transformation.

It’s a similar story for Lake Macquarie Yacht Club, which in the 1930s was a small building at the end of a jetty. Its recent image shows an expanded building surrounded by boats and a renovated entryway.

A 1954 image of Charlestown’s main Pacific Highway strip reveals a markedly different streetscape, with most of the road yet to be sealed.

For Ms. Dowdell, it’s been interesting to look at how Lake Macquarie’s suburbs have evolved and expanded throughout the years.   

Each suburb in Lake Macquarie has its own distinct origin story and these photographs draw back the curtain on what life was like in years gone by,” Ms. Dowdell said.    

So much has changed over the years, but there are visual cues in most of these images that reveal stark similarities despite the passage of time.”

The exhibition will be fun for kids to learn more about the history of where they live, and for adults it’s an opportunity to reminisce.”

Then and Now will be open daily 10am-3pm until Sunday 29 March.

Entry is by gold coin donation. Go to SEEN@Swansea for more information.

Lake Macquarie Yacht Club, Ada Street, Belmont NSW 1930s. Donated by Susan Wood.
Below ~ The yacht club as it is today.

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