TCA : Twentieth Century Australia
14 June-12 October 2001
This exhibition has two streams. In one we are taken through
Australia's history, decade by decade, from Federation to Y2K. In the
other we are shown a series of clusters of material chosen to illustrate
aspects of our lives; themes include, the family, food and wine, crime,
sport, and sex.
The material on display ranges from ephemera such as pamphlets and
election leaflets, to substantial public documents such as Billy
Hughes's own copy of the Treaty of Versailles.
The collection of original water-colour sketches of life in Kew in
the 1950s is typical of the graphic impact we have sought in putting
this exhibition together. The screens contain copies of colour
advertisements from the magazines of the period, and there are
collections of novels in their original dust-wrappers, all of which are
notable for their depiction of the Australian scene.
Illustration is from Atkinson's souvenir bridge
book (Sydney, 1934).