Exhibition captures Port Augusta’s past

EXHIBITION: Local history enthusiast Paul Smith said Random Reflections is a snapshot into the early days of Port Augusta.
EXHIBITION: Local history enthusiast Paul Smith said Random Reflections is a snapshot into the early days of Port Augusta.

An exhibition highlighting the history of Port Augusta through photographs and paintings is on display at the Port Augusta Cultural Centre – Yarta Purtli.

‘Random Reflections’ showcases some of the Port Augusta Public Library’s local history collection, dating as far back as the 1850s.

The exhibition covers everything from the Commonwealth Railways, to the Augusta Power Stations and the wharf area.

History enthusiast Paul Smith said Random Reflections is a snapshot into Port Augusta’s past.

“The exhibition just shows how diverse Port Augusta was in the early days,” Mr Smith said.

“It’s a look back at what Port Augusta was and what symbolises the town.”

Other features of the exhibition include a photo slideshow, maps, sports history, books and a portrait of Lady Augusta Young.

The Library is inviting community members to bring their own pieces of history to the Yarta Purtli to add to the exhibition.

Mr Smith highlighted the importance of adding more “hidden treasures” to the Library’s collection.

“Port Augusta has got a lot of history and we need to keep it going for the next generation and the next generation after that,” Mr Smith said.

“The more we can collect it and show it, the more people are going to become aware of our past.”

The exhibition is open at the Yarta Purtli until September 1.

Opening hours for Random Reflections are Monday to Friday from 10am until 4pm, and Saturday from 10am until 1pm.