Heritage exhibition set to open in Shepparton

By Madeleine Caccianiga

The arts of film, photography and history will be brought together this month for the Australia As She Was exhibition.

Presented by Bush Lit Productions founder Andrew Furphy, the exhibition combines his love of literary heritage and photographic scrolls of historic Shepparton.

‘‘The exhibition has teamed up with Lost Shepparton who have provided the photographs that have then been printed on material that rolls up into a scroll,’’ Mr Furphy said.

The exhibition launches the historical gallery of Lost Shepparton scrolls, The Changing Face of Shepparton and include the screening of two Bush Lit Production films, including the The Loaded Dog.

‘‘Both films are based on stories written by Henry Lawson, which I have transformed into film,’’ Mr Furphy said.

‘‘It’s a bit of fun really and I love to showcase Australian history in a hope to educate people of our literary heritage.’’

Mr Furphy said the 60 photographic scrolls, from 1860 to the 1960s complement the films.

‘‘We’ll also have readings from Australian poet C.J. Dennis by John Derum, Charlotte Lindsay with her story, Anson Cameron (and) John Head, who is chair of the SAM Foundation,’’ he said.

All proceeds from opening night will go to the Shepparton Art Museum.

The exhibition is on at the Mechanics Institute, 277 Wyndham St, Shepparton, opening on Friday, May 17, from 6.30pm to 8.30pm; Sunday, May 19, from 2pm to 6pm; Tuesday, May 21, and Friday, May 24, from 4pm to 6pm; Saturday, May 25, from 10am to 4pm; and Sunday, May 26, from 10am to 4pm.