Wednesday, April 13, 2011


Woodleigh on the Lachlan Valley Way

The large metal nameplates that adorn the entrance to a farm are unique to the Australian rural landscape.

Made from scrap metal, steel tubular piping or welded steel bars gathered from the farm workshop or blacksmiths; they sit proudly on a front gate or in an archway across a dusty driveway.

Rusted and weather-beaten, they tell a story of the cultural links to the region; reflecting the heritage of Irish migration, of Aboriginal place names and geographical features.

It's a story Professor of Design Anthony Calahan was inspired to tell, after driving between Charles Sturt University campuses across the south-east of New South Wales and ACT.

The exhibition Agritype is displayed at the Museum of the Riverina, at Wagga Wagga's historic council chambers.

It features 25 properties from across the south-east of NSW including Forbes, Wagga Wagga, Albury, Cootamundra, West Wyalong and Deniliquin.

The nameplates are displayed on film, illuminated by light boxes on the wall or featured on old sunshine gates.

Agricultural tools used to shape, join and cut the nameplates are also on display.

Agritype runs until May 15.

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