beechworth family album

LIFTING HAY: A striking image reminiscent of Soviet style captured for the Family Album 1984.

Beechworth Arts Council auspiced photographic projects known as  Beechworth Family Album from 1984 in each of the ‘four’ decades – 1994, 2004 and 2014. The next edition will be published in 2024.

Family Album 2014

The album for this edition was created in four parts:

24 hours. Artist-photographer Pam Magennis was commissioned to collection of 24 photographs taken over 24 hours during the winter solstice in Beechworth.

Work. Rest. Play. Gail Smith and Bruce Forrest took photographs of Beechworth traders, sporting groups, clubs and service groups, and families, couples and single people who were established residents and those new to the district.

Postcards. Images from both projects will be reproduced on postcards, distributed across the community and mailed to create a Beechworth ‘heritage trail’.

New year’s day sports. Family Album photographs depicting Stanley’s new year’s day sports were exhibited at Stanley Athenaeum.

There was also a Wangaratta Art Gallery exhibition of the album project with images drawn from its 1984, 1994, 2004 and 2014 editions.

Family Album 2004

‘Through the eyes of youth‘ was the theme for this edition of Beechworth Family Album.

Stanley-based photographer Stephen Routledge encouraged the facilitation of the project by working with young people, their school communities, parents, carers and peers in the documentation of their world.

Stephen also produced a suite of photographs ‘Siblings’ for exhibition as part of the project.

Family Album 2004 project

Family Album 1994

Photographer Richard Williams reworked images from Beechworth’s Burke Museum heritage collection depicting community groups from the past.

He then recorded and reinterpreted images of the Freemasons, Beechworth Singers, fire brigade and schools, creating a suite of contemporary photographs that have become part of the Burke Museum collection.

Family Album 1984

The first album was a strong community-based project led by photographer Stephen Henderson.

It focused on Beechworth traders and storekeepers and recorded the activities of many who had businesses, shops and offices. Stephen’s work was displayed in the stores in which the images were made. A large number of amateur photographers documented community groups and events in Beechworth, Stanley and Wooragee.

The project also included the establishment of a dark room and work on the historic photographic collection of the Burke Museum. The photographs and related material are archived in the museum.

Note: a number of the black and white images revolving at the top of this website are from the Album collections.