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Have you ever walked down Forest Road and wondered which shopfronts lined the footpath a century ago?

Now you can take a virtual stroll through scenes of historic Hurstville and surrounding suburbs!

Hurstville Museum & Gallery has started a new online project on Historypin to complement our latest exhibition Hurstville: Past and Present. Historypin is an online mapping software that allows users to ‘pin’ historic photos to their specific locations all over the globe. Hurstville Museum & Gallery is contributing to this global map by pinning historic photographs from our local studies collection. Now you can explore the old streetscapes of Hurstville from the comfort of your own home! Have a go at Historypin.

Hurstville Post Office 1920

Hurstville Post office, c. 1920s. Hurstville City Library Museum & Gallery collection.
Hurstville Post office, c. 1920s. Hurstville City Library Museum & Gallery collection.

An important feature of Historypin is the ability to keep a record of buildings that no longer exist in our urban landscape. For example, the map shows us that Hurstville’s second Post Office used to stand next to the station, where commuters now rush up the ramp to make their train on time. The Post Office was established in 1904 after the railway was built. Its location is significant to note as it illustrates the migration of the town centre to that portion of Forest Road nearest the station. Services and business increasingly clustered around Hurstville station, cementing this area as the main shopping precinct for decades to come.

History Pin
Past & Present Historypin

You can also explore photographs that have been pinned in the area by other organisations, such as the State Library of New South Wales. Each photo we pin is accompanied by a brief history of the site. We also encourage you to share your own photographs of Hurstville and surrounding suburbs that you have lying around. We hope that the map will become an excellent snapshot of the urban landscape at multiple stages of its development. Photographs from all eras are welcome.

Free Historypin drop-in sessions

If you are interested in participating in this exciting project, the Museum & Gallery will be running free ‘pinning’ drop-in sessions to help you scan and upload your own photographs. Bring them along to 14 MacMahon Street on a Wednesday afternoon between 2.00pm and 3.30pm and help our map grow!

Hurstville: Past & Present will be on show until Sunday 30 August 2015.

Featured cover image: combined images of Official Opening of Hurstville Council Chambers by W J McKell, 1931 and Hurstville House, 34 MacMahon Street, Hurstville, 2015. Images courtesy of Hurstville City Library Museum & Gallery collection.

 

 

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