April 23, 2011

Photographing Railways

Talk by Robert and Bruce Wheatley 
Robert and Bruce Wheatley were given the freedom by their parents at ages 16 and 13, to roam the NSW railway network for up to a week at a time. With packs on their back and pocket money for survival, they travelled on all manner of trains, slept in railway waiting rooms, rode with the guard on goods trains and when confidence grew, with the crew in the cab. Their challenge was to capture on film, the steam railway in all its beauty and grime, before the era ended. The result of their years of railway photography have been put into print. Railway Portraits was published in 2006 and due to public demand, Railway Portraits Volume 2 was released in 2010. Robert and Bruce will present a sample of their photographs and provide background to the taking of their evocative images.

This is a joint activity of ASHET and the Royal Australian Historical Society.

Venue: History House, 133 Macquarie Street, Sydney
: 5.30 for 6 pm
: $8.00 Includes light refreshments on arrival
: phone RAHS on (02) 9247 8001 or email history@rahs.org.au

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