The Wonders of Wandin Valley

Hawkesbury Regional Gallery’s next exhibition, to be held from 13 December 2019 to 2 February 2020,celebrates Australia’s much loved weekly TV serial, A Country Practice, which was filmed in the Hawkesbury area between 1981 and 1994.

Outdoor scenes and iconic buildings in Pitt Town, Windsor and Ebenezer were used as film locations.  The Australiana Pioneer Village, in Wilberforce, also featured in episodes 199 and 200 titled ‘Once upon a time’.

Opening at 6pm on Friday, 13 December, the highly anticipated exhibition will include memorabilia and artwork inspired by the serial and its characters.

The Gallery exhibition team wishes to thank the many people who have come forward with a vast array of memorabilia.  Loaned items have come from near and far and include fan cards, official cast photographs, magazine clippings, and even a sketch of ‘Esme’ by Shane Porteous.  Bob Hatfield’s ute, now fully restored, will be on display outside the Gallery during the opening on Friday night from 6pm to 8pm, as well as the weekend of Saturday, 14 December to Sunday, 15 December from 10am to 4pm. There will also be a Wombat Burrow especially for children as part of the exhibition.  The interactive space will include an Australian flora and fauna theme and art activities.

Gallery Curator, Diana Robson is hoping to unearth are some original props and costumes.

“If you have any original props or costumes tucked away, please contact us,” Diana said.

“We have also tried to contact the cast members to invite them to our exhibition opening. If anyone can help us with contacting cast members, production crew members or extras, we would love to hear from you.”

On Saturday, 14 December, there will be two bus tours of film locations in Windsor, Ebenezer and Pitt Town.  Departing from the Gallery at 10.30am and 2pm. It will be a three hour tour. Details will be posted on the Gallery Facebook page when available at https://www.facebook.com/hawkesburygallery

If you are able to lend original props or costumes to the exhibition, please contact the Gallery Curator on (02) 4560 4586 or email gallery@hawkesbury.nsw.gov.au before Friday, 15 November 2019.

Exhibition dates: 13 December 2019 to 2 February 2020

Where: Hawkesbury Regional Gallery, Top floor, Deerubbin Centre, 300 George Street, Windsor

Cost:     Free

For further details on hours of opening, exhibitions and activities go to www.hawkesbury.nsw.gov.au/gallery or https://www.facebook.com/hawkesburygallery

About A Country Practice

A Country Practice was a multi-Logie award-winning Australian television soap opera/serial. It ran on the Seven Network for 1,058 episodes at 7.30 pm Monday and Tuesday nights, from 18 November 1981 to 22 November 1993. It was produced at both ATN-7's production facility at Epping, New South Wales with exterior locations filmed in Pitt Town and Oakville in the outskirts of Northwest Sydney. Several of the regular cast members became highly popular celebrities through their roles in the series. It also featured a number of native Australian animals, particularly the iconic Fatso, the Wombat, which added to its enduring appeal both domestically and internationally. After the series was cancelled by the Seven Network in 1993, a reworked version of the series ran briefly on Network Ten in 1994.

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