Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow commemorates 130 years of the Hawthorn Town Hall

The Town Hall Gallery has been home to several diverse and exciting art exhibitions since the significant redevelopment of Hawthorn Town Hall, now Hawthorn Arts Centre, in 2013. The next exhibition at the Town Hall Gallery will uncover the evolution of the historical building, commemorating its 130-year anniversary. Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow is on from Saturday 7 July until Sunday 26 August, revealing historical photographs, memorabilia and artefacts from the Town Hall Gallery Collection.

August 2018 marks 130 years since John Beswicke laid the foundation stone of the former Hawthorn Town Hall. To commemorate, this event, Town Hall Gallery in collaboration with Hawthorn Historical Society will bring Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow, an exhibition exploring the different ways that this building has been significant to the community.

The Hawthorn Town Hall has been part of community life since it was built, housing the post office and fire brigade as well as hosting mayoral balls, graduations and more. This exhibition will pay homage to the many stories that took place in the historical building over the years. Items on show include the Hawthorn Council Deeds Box, keys to the original Town Hall, as well as postcards, photography and other memorabilia dating back over a hundred years.

President of the Hawthorn Historical Society, Libby Love said: “Everyone has a story about the Hawthorn Town Hall, whether it’s Saturday night dances, immunisation, paying council rates or attending school speech nights. This interactive exhibition, suitable for all ages, will bring items from the Hawthorn Art Centre’s Civic Collection together with local historic images and memorabilia.”

This exhibition strives to celebrate the many wats that the Town Hall has impacted the Hawthorn community and adapted to the changes in society. In conjunction with the exhibition, stories from the community about the Hawthorn Town Hall will be shared in a video played at the exhibition.

Spanning three gallery spaces, Town Hall Gallery features a diverse range of contemporary public programs, curated exhibitions and exhibitions drawn from the Town Hall Gallery Collection, celebrating the rich cultural heritage of the City of Boroondara. Part of the Public Galleries Association of Victoria, Town Hall Gallery supports local, national and international artists at varying stage of their careers and offers a space for local artists and community groups to exhibit professionally on the Community Project Wall.

Image: Former Hawthorn Town Hall, image courtesy State Library of Victoria.

Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow
Saturday 7 July – Sunday 26 August
Exhibition Opening: Saturday 7 July, 2pm-4pm