Talk about a walk down memory lane.
Campbelltown Library recently acquired about 250 old photos taken by the Sydney Morning Herald – a Fairfax Media masthead that also owns the Advertiser – of the Campbelltown area that date back to the 1960s, 1970s and 1980s.
The photos depict some interesting events that occurred in the area in the mid-20th century, including a series of pictures that show the exhumation of graves from a cemetery that was eventually relocated.
Some older residents may remember when Timezone was located near Campbelltown Mall or when the Newtown Jets Rugby League Club called Orana Park – now Campbelltown Sports Stadium – home.
One picture even shows what Queen Street looked like before large, multi-level commercial buildings became the norm in the precinct.
Staff at the library will eventually digitise the photographs so they can be accessed via the library’s online database.
An exhibition of the snaps is also planned.
While the photos were taken decades ago, the journey from Fairfax archives to Campbelltown Library was not quick either.
Two million photos were sent to a company in Arkansas, USA, to be digitised back in 2013.
However the business went belly up so a company in Santa Monica – Duncan Miller Gallery – bought the collection.