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MEDIA RELEASE - Step back in time at the Portland Arts Centre

27 June 2018

Experience a bygone era in the Glenelg Shire as part of a new exhibition on display at the Portland Arts Centre.

The Shire Papers exhibition is offering community members the chance to take a step back in time, showcasing local ephemeral items from the past such as posters, menus, postcards, press clippings, invitations and more.

Glenelg Shire arts and culture manager Susie Lyons said the exhibition contained a number of historical surprises.

“The Shire Papers exhibition reveals a number of intriguing events that occurred in our shire that residents may not be aware of, such as a women’s football match that was played between Hamilton and Heywood at Drumborg 50 years ago and a dedicated race for ‘married ladies’ at the 1948 Drumborg Sports Carnival,” she said.

“The exhibition will also detail when New Zealand rock group “Blerta” was the headline act for the opening of Portland's Civic Hall in 1974 and when the price of a Gin Sling cocktail was a mere 40 cents at Mac’s Hotel in the 1970s.

“The Shire Papers will intrigue community members of all ages, providing a trip down memory lane for some and a fascinating glimpse of yesteryear for others.”

Ms Lyons said art lovers visiting the exhibition may also notice an interesting point of difference.

“The Shire Papers is presented as a continuous view, wrapping around the gallery walls, an alternative to the traditional gallery hang,” she said.

“We felt that this contemporary style would provide a more seamless approach to storytelling the ephemera on display.”

The Shire Papers exhibition will be on display at the Portland Arts Centre until 17 August 2018. Entry is free.

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