Re­gion’s his­tory on dis­play

Mt Druitt - St Mary's Standard (East) - - NEWS - Pranesh Nagesh­war

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.

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