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Amazing Photographic Exhibition @ Balmain Watch House

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If you love history and visiting heritage buildings, Amazing Photographic Exhibition at Balmain Watch House is an event you should not miss. The exhibition is part of the state-wide National Trust Heritage Festival 2012 and the theme of the festival this year is Amazing Stores: Innovation & Invention.

Past the main shopping strip on a quieter section of Darling St is where the Watch House is located

The entrance of the exhibition

In the exhibition, you'll find the amazing stories about the Balmain Peninsula - how did they happen, where were the invention taken place, and who did them. The innovation and invention are built around the following aspects:
The innovative garbage destructor;
The Cable Tramway construction for access to the Darling Street, Ferry Wharf;
Innovative 'Aussie' water bags and life jackets;
The search for refrigeration;
The amazing reservoir under Gladstone Park;
Our amazing harbour bridge celebrating its 80th birthday;
The Police celebrating 150 years: past police residents of the Watch House.

In particular, you'll find the exhibition goes very well with Balmain Watch House because of its historic background. Originally built in 1854 as a police lock-up when Balmain was an old town, the Watch House is now a National Trust heritage building managed by the Balmain Association. In the 1920s the whole building became a police residence. It is the oldest surviving lock-up in Sydney in traditional Georgian style to the design of Edmund Blacket, a Colonial Architect. This sandstone building maintains its own unique character, thanks to the great conservation work undertaken to restore the fabric of the building.

Balmain Watch House was built in 1854 as a police lock-up

This is a rare and unique exhibition which collects precious photos in old days. It's amazing and enlightening. Don't miss out!
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Why? This is a rare and unique photographic exhibition about the amazing stories in the Balmain Peninsula.
When: Saturdays 7, 14, 21, 28 April, 11.30am to 4pm
Where: 179 Darling St, Balmain
Cost: Free
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