Past points to new future

La Trobe University  is celebrating the 120th anniversary of Mildura’s historic William and George Chaffey   Building with a public photographic exhibition featuring the history of the building and surrounding area.

Mildura's historic William and George Chaffey Building

Mildura's historic William and George Chaffey Building

The building, at 29 Deakin Avenue, is now home to the University’s Business and Social Work programs. It was originally a printery – forerunner to the local newspaper – and a land agent’s office.

Executive Director of the University’s Mildura campus, Kent Farrell, said the building’s exterior was recently restored to Heritage colours.

‘The exhibition is a way of joining with the community to highlight both this building’s long history and the new educational role it now plays in Mildura and the region.’

The two-week exhibition – supported by the Mildura Historical Society and The Sunraysia Dailyopens at 6.45pm on Thursday 20 November. It will be held in the refurbished lower teaching space of the building to be officially opened later this month.

Mr Farrell says as part of the exhibition one room has been themed as an 1800’s classroom with educational-related objects from the period. ‘The entire precinct will be open to the public – and it should be a special treat for school children who will be able to get a taste of what life was like in classrooms 100 years ago.’

Thursday 20th November 2008
From 6.45pm
Louise Becker
5051 4000

The exhibition runs for two weeks, until Friday, 5 December 2008.