More than 150 people turned out on 16 November for the opening of Mallala Museum’s new Paint Shop Gallery and the launch of the latest exhibition Homefront During Wartime, which focuses on life in Mallala during the First World War.
The Homefront exhibition uses a combination of display panels, images and objects and a recreation of a First World War era house with kitchen and laundry to convey local stories that reflect experiences of war from a civilian point of view. The house, cleverly built within the main display gallery as a stand-alone building, is also used as part of the museum’s popular schools’ program.
The Homefront exhibition shares the new Paint Shop Gallery with a blacksmithing display and a timeline showing some basic changes in the way of life in Mallala throughout the 20th century.
The Paint Shop Gallery itself is an important part of local history. The East Brothers, who manufactured agricultural machinery in Mallala between the late 19th century and 1970, used the building for part of that time as a paint shop and the floor is covered with layer upon layer of spray paint. An unusual and tricky floor surface to manage but one that certainly adds an extra point of interest to the displays.
More images from Mallala Museum, the Homefront During Wartime exhibition and the Paint Shop Gallery can be seen here.