Exhibition celebrates our built history

The President of the Kiama & District Historical Society (KDHS), Sue Eggins, is encouraging new and long-term residents of Kiama to come along to the exhibition A Closer Look: Lost and Found Treasures of Kiama.

10 Fitzroy St built in 1848 for the Gard family who owned the estate

The exhibition has been put together under the umbrella of the KDHS in response to the changing character and rapid development in Kiama, and will feature information on, and historic photos of, some of Kiama’s old homes.

Primary researcher and photographer Miggs Bodie, working with a team that has developed around her, has painstakingly pieced together the information.

Ms Eggins says the work will become a valuable and evolving resource for the town.

“This exhibition will amaze you with the lovely character of many smaller houses you may not have noticed before. You may also learn new things about your home,” she says.

“Many home owners have been very generous giving us information about their properties.”

While the focus is on domestic architecture, a Things we’ve lost and the way things were section will put the spotlight on the long vanished Antrim Theatre, Kiama School of Arts and The Brighton Hotel.

As support grows for a theatre in Kiama, Ms Eggins says many newcomers to the area might not know of the role the Antrim Theatre played in the social life of the town from 1924 until 1971.

As well as a picture theatre seating 999, the Antrim was also used for concerts, balls and meetings and was reported to have the largest dance floor outside. It stood on Manning St, on the edge of Coronation Park, on the St Tropez apartments site.

Details: 20-24 October,
Old Fire Station, Kiama

 

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