Deirdre Llewellyn’s photographic display opens at Pringle Cottage on Sunday.
Deirdre Llewellyn’s photographic display opens at Pringle Cottage on Sunday. Emma Channon

Photos chart Warwick's changes

STEP back 100 years – as you’ll soon be able to at Eastwell Hall at Pringle Cottage – and you’ll find Warwick was nearly unrecognisable.

Albion St was once the main drag, until three floods convinced business owners to move the township centre to Palmerin St.

In the grounds of the now-KFC was the old post office, which was once a stately building with awnings and verandas.

Today’s post office on Palmerin St was built in the 1890s and doubled up as a telephone exchange until the 1960s.

From this Sunday, visitors will be able to meander through a series of 200 photographs to get an idea of how much Warwick’s buildings have changed.

Warwick District Historical Society member Deirdre Llewellyn has put together the “Warwick – then and now” exhibition as part of the 150th celebrations.

Mrs Llewellyn has done a photographic mapping of all the buildings in Warwick’s CBD.

To do this she took photos of the buildings and compared them with two other sets of photos – ones taken (in most cases) pre-1950 and about 1980.

Mrs Llewellyn, who has a penchant for photography, said she greatly enjoyed the project.

“I took about 400 photos altogether and it was interesting seeing how the buildings had changed,” she said.

“I wanted to get people to look at the current buildings in Warwick as a whole, instead of shop windows.

“Very few are in their original structure.

"One of the original buildings that remains is Plumbs Chambers, which is supposed to be the oldest standing store in Queensland.”

Mrs Llewellyn said many of the other buildings have either been demolished or had a facelift.

Westpac Bank, for example, was once an impressive building owned by the first mayor of Warwick, James Kingsford.

“He became bankrupt on a few occasions and that building was sold,” Mrs Llewellyn said.

“The original building was built in the 1880s and it was later demolished and the present bank was built then.”

Another large change was the formation of the National Australia Bank, which stands on the same soil as the original building after it was pulled down in the 1960s.

The exhibition “Warwick – then and now” will open at Eastwell Hall, behind Pringle Cottage, officially this Sunday and will stay open for a couple of months.

Head online at www.warwick150.com to see the other events on as part of the Warwick 150th celebrations.

 

Exhibition

  • “Warwick – then and now” opens this Sunday
  • Exhibition is at Eastwell Hall, behind Pringle Cottage
  • Series of 200 photographs comparing Warwick buildings over the years
  • Exhibition put together by Deirdre Llewellyn.


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