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Upcoming exhibition, Last Stop Marrickville, will include never-before-seen items that depict a fascinating time in Marrickville’s history – 1895 to 1935. Last Stop Marrickville, at Council’s Chrissie Cotter Gallery, will explore dramatic changes to the community in home life and leisure time; industry; sport; medicine; transport, as well as the creation of the suburbs and streets we call home today.

Mayor of Marrickville Councillor Mark Gardiner says the exhibition explores an influential stage of Marrickville’s history. “Advances in our community during this period were happening at an unprecedented rate,” he said. “From the field of medicine and the expansion of industry, to exciting developments in the world of entertainment and the impact these changes had on people’s everyday lives”

“Jazz music fuelled many people’s free time – and this exhibition captures how locals embraced it – including the dance scene which thrived in the area.” 

“Annette Kellerman’s personal travel trunk, 1930s medical equipment, a baby carriage from 1910 and the other items brought together for Last Stop Marrickville are tangible reminders of early 20th Century life that we are rarely afforded the chance to see.” 

“This period was a boom time for the community with subdivisions and advances in transport seeing the local population soar to 81,000 by 1920 – double that of 1900.”

Last Stop Marrickville marks the culmination of effort by Council’s history team in exposing just how full of life the area was at the turn of the 20th Century and how it shaped today’s Marrickville,” Councillor Gardiner said. 

Last Stop Marrickville runs Wednesday 9 September until Sunday 13 September from 11am- 4pm at Chrissie Cotter Gallery, Pidcock Street Camperdown. Free. No bookings required.

Exhibition launch

Exhibition launch event, Chrissie Cotter Gallery, Pidcock Street Camperdown, 6pm-8pm on Wednesday 9 September

Curator talks

Did you know there used to be illegal, bare-knuckle boxing along the banks of the Cooks River? Join one of the curators of Last Stop Marrickville to hear this and more vivid details of an exciting time in Marrickville’s history (1895-1935). No bookings required. Chrissie Cotter Gallery, Thursday 10 and Saturday 12 September, 3pm-4pm

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