Take a stroll through Sunbury’s history

Fascinating photos and original paintings have been placed on buildings across Sunbury’s central business district to demonstrate what the town looked like many years ago.

A Stroll Through History features 30 images, and the exhibition extends from the south of O’Shanassy Street to the north of Evans Street.

Hume Mayor, Councillor Helen Patsikatheodorou, said most of the photos had been placed near the site where they were taken.

“The images are larger than life and will help many people to take a nostalgic walk down memory lane,” Cr Patsikatheodorou said.

“A Stroll Through Sunbury’s History looks back at what life was like both before and after Europeans settled in the area in 1836.

“The images remind us of the deep history that Sunbury enjoys, and the exhibition offers a terrific activity on a summer’s afternoon.

“Information sheets are pasted near the pictures to help people to learn the background behind the photos and paintings.”

Particular highlights include two original paintings by Sunbury artist Philip Gray, which have been commissioned by Wendy Walters from the Gatehouse café.

The first one is situated at Old Bakery Laneway, and depicts the famous game of cricket at Rupertswood Mansion that resulted in the Ashes urn being presented to English captain Ivo Bligh.

The second painting is at 115 O’Shanassy Street, Sunbury, and portrays the Sunbury Pop Festival that was held in 1975 along Jacksons Creek.

Cr Patsikatheodorou said she hoped that families would consider a stroll past the images across the summer holidays.

“It’s a terrific way to get to know Sunbury a little better and experience some laneways that you might not usually get the chance to visit,” she said.

“I hope A Stroll Through Sunbury’s History also provides a boost to local businesses, as people walk past a range of different shops along the journey.

“The exhibition is an ideal way to get a little exercise, and a really fun activity for people of all ages.”

Hume City Council has coordinated the presentation in partnership with Sunbury Community Health Centre, Sunbury Streetlife Festival, and the Sunbury Historical and Heritage Society.

People can pick up a map that outlines the historical walk at the Sunbury Visitor Information Centre at 43 Macedon Street.

Cr Patsikatheodorou said she hoped many people would travel to Sunbury for the outdoor exhibition from other parts of Melbourne.

“The images will be on display until at least the end of January 2016, and I encourage everyone to take some time to browse these wonderful paintings and photos,” she said.

Posted on 12:00 AM, 15 December 2015

Updated : 11:50 AM, 15 December 2015

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