Dubbo Photo News - - Dubbo Works - By LY­DIA PEDRANA

WHILE the drought has brought lit­tle joy to those in the Bur­ren­dong Dam area, it has al­lowed one lo­cal fam­ily to recre­ate a child­hood mem­ory from 21 years ago.

Proud grand­fa­ther and Dubbo Photo News reader, Ge­off At­twell, sent these two im­ages in of his three grand­sons, Matt, Cameron and Bradley Vi­cary, stand­ing along­side an old steam en­gine at the bot­tom of Bur­ren­dong Dam two decades apart.

The photo on the left was taken dur­ing the 1998 drought, while the one on the right was taken last week­end.

“We have had that orig­i­nal 1998 photo hang­ing on the wall in our lounge­room for 21 years,” Mr At­twell said.

“Over the years, we’ve watched our grand­sons grow up and know­ing that the dam had gone down, ev­ery­one was say­ing, ‘You should recre­ate that photo.’”

But what Mr At­twell was most im­pressed with was his grand­sons’ at­ten­tion to de­tail.

“What was good about it, I thought, was the boys all ar­ranged to get to­gether on the Satur­day, un­known to their par­ents, and they went and bought the clos­est new clothes to the ones they are wear­ing in the orig­i­nal photo,” he said.

“They then went down to Bur­ren­dong with their fa­ther... I wasn’t there, but I can imag­ine their fa­ther would have had the orig­i­nal photo in one hand and his cam­era in the other and say­ing ‘no, move it this way, move your arm there’!

“If you look closely, they’ve got their arms and hands al­most in ex­actly the same spot.”

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