From World War II, to our town’s theatrical past, there’s a distinctly Singleton flavour embedded within the exhibitions at Singleton Public Library this History Week.
From 31 August – 8 September 2019, the Library, in partnership with the History Council of NSW will provide a chance for the community to reflect on the history and changing landscape of Singleton.
Anthony Egan, Council’s Director Business and Community Services said staff had delved into the archives and partnered with community members to curate two exciting exhibitions.
“The Weekes, a local Singleton family, donated the most incredible collection of letters, telegrams and newspaper clippings from the 1940’s and 50’s to the Library which document the journey of Signalman Stephen Weekes from Australia to the enemy territory of Japan as a prisoner of war,” Mr Egan said.
“It’s a remarkable story of resilience and hope told through this amazing collection of historical documents.
“Staff have also partnered with Singleton Amateur Theatrical Society in the lead up to their 40th birthday next year to showcase photographs and costumes throughout the years.
“We’ve also been lucky enough to secure Fiona Reilly as a guest speaker via the History Council’s Speaker Connect Program. Fiona is a production and costume designer, and a leading figure in design, technical arts and media education and training in Asia and Australia.
“Fiona’s talk will centre on Australia’s first European theatrical performance, and how it allows us to peel back layers from the theatre of today.”
Fiona will be speaking at the Library on Thursday 5 September from 5.30 – 6.30pm. Bookings are appreciated via the Library website and wine and cheese will be provided.
For more information on these and other Library programs, visit www.singleton.nsw.gov.au or contact Singleton Library on 6578 7500.
Photo caption: Library staff Tyler Swinkles, Natalie Dimmock and Samantha Watters in front of the History Week Exhibition in the Library foyer.
Photo and media release courtesy of Singleton Council.