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A Moment in Time exhibition

Hartley Historic Site

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Augustus Earle's (1793-1838) painting, 'A Moment in Time', courtesy of the National Library, is one of several images incorporated in the exhibition being shown at Corney's Garage in Hartley Historic Site. 


Daily from Saturday 1 April to Sunday 28 May 2023, 10am to 1pm and 1.30pm to 4pm. Closed Mondays.

Official exhibition opening event on Saturday 1 April 2023, and will include guest speakers and a special performance.

Easy. Suitable for adults and children aged 5 years and above.

Adults gold coin donation. Children free. Children must be accompanied by an adult.

Meeting point
Hartley Historic Site Visitor Centre
Bookings not required. Email or phone 02 6355 2117 for more information.

The exhibition, 'A Moment in Time', will be on display at Corney's Garage in Hartley. It captures the spirit of the time as the Central West of NSW was opened to colonists, with the development of the first road.

Curated by retired historian and Kanimbla Valley resident Joan Kent, ‘A Moment in Time’ reflects on the moment of opportunity for colonists that had been starved of new pasture on the coastal plain.

It also signifies a crisis for the Wiradjuri nation, created by the first crossing of the Blue Mountains by Europeans in 1813. This began an invasion of their Country that had been their homeland for over 20 000 years.

Joan Kent's original curation of the exhibition and her book of the same name was the centre piece of the Hartley community’s commemoration of the 1813 'crossing' in 2013.

In a joint endeavour between the National Trust of Australia (NSW) and NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service, it will be installed at Hartley Historic Site for the 2023 Australian Heritage Festival, as a fitting compliment to the beautifully preserved Hartley Courthouse and collection of vernacular buildings that make up the historic site.

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