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The Alfred 'Possum' Greene Collection is a remarkable personal record of over 3000 photographic prints and negatives, most of which document Greene's surroundings during his life in the New South Wales Snowy Mountains region during the 1950s and 1960s.
Photography appears to have been a lasting passion with Greene, with the entire collection dating from 1923 right up until less than a decade before his death in 1981. He arrived in Australia from England in 1924 and worked on properties in central Queensland before moving to the Tumut area in the 1930s.
He was meticulous in the documentation of his photographs. On the reverse side of each print Greene wrote a description of the scene, the date, time, weather conditions and even the aperture of his camera.
We have selected a few of Greene's photographs to display here. If you are interested in more information on Greene and his collection, please contact CSU Regional Archives.
The students of the Wagga Wagga Teachers' College became quite well known in town for their frequent productions of Gilbert and Sullivan's comic operas. But there were also plenty of other productions throughout the years, each memorable in their own ways.
Here we present a compilation of programmes and photographs from our collection of records from the Wagga Wagga Teachers' College.
Talkabout started life as the student magazine of the Wagga Wagga Teachers' College. It was published at regular intervals every year between March and December and acted as a voice for the students, by the students. It was both a creative outlet and a place for reports on College events, whether extra-curricular, controversial or celebratory.
Following the closing of the College, the name was assumed by the WWTC Alumni Association for their newsletter. These Talkabouts from 1997 to the present are available online at CSU Alumni.
In February 2014, we revisited the 1954 Royal Tour from Wagga Wagga's perspective with an exhibition of material from both our own collection and the Museum of the Riverina. The exhibition included photographs, commemorative items, and a 15 minute film of the visit.
The front page of the Daily Advertiser on 14 February 1954 (a special Sunday souvenir edition) carried the headline, "Wagga's Greatest Day". The Editorial read:
Yesterday the Queen of Australia rode in triumph through the streets of Wagga. For 145 thrill-packed minutes, the centre of the Riverina became the heart of the mighty British Commonwealth.
Estimates vary as to the exact number of people who crammed Wagga's streets to catch a glimpse of the royal couple, but most range from between 80,000 to in excess of 100,000. This number becomes even more significant when one considers that the population of Wagga Wagga at the time was only 18,500 and that the temperature reached 92 degrees Fahrenheit on the day (the hottest of the entire 10 day royal tour).
Browse the Royal Tour Gallery to see for yourself just how many people turned up for that 145 minutes.
And if you would like to know more about Wagga's preparations for the Royal Tour and what happened on the day itself, there is more information to be found on our blog, On Record.