Region’s history on display
RARELY seen images of St Marys and Penrith from 1948 by famous photographer Max Dupain are on show for the first time at the State Library.
The 10 images show the people, streets, shops and the Nepean River.
Dupain’s images of St Marys and Penrith were used in a promotional brochure titled, Penrith, the town and its surrounding district, in picture and story.
The photographs include women winding capacitors at Dacon Condensors Ltd, St Marys, and the entrance to the Ministry of Munitions pyrotechnic section at St Marys.
In 1948, Penrith Council appointed advertising expert Oswald Zeigler to publicise Penrith and adjoining St Marys. Dupain was engaged to do the graphics, and 5000 copies of Zeigler’s 30page brochure were produced in October 1948.
“Max was commissioned by the local council to provide photography for a brochure promoting the tourist, agricultural and residential potential of this outer Sydney suburb with a population back then of just 15,000,” State Library Mitchell librarian Richard Neville said.
The State Library is the custodian of Dupain’s entire body of work, recently acquiring his personal collection.
The exhibition is on show in the library’s Amaze Gallery until August 28.