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Postcards from the Edge of the City

Postcards from the Edge of the City

Date posted: 08 December 2014

Step back in time and discover Adelaide Botanic Garden through the eyes of visitors 100 years ago.

Opening tonight, Monday 8 December, exhibition Postcards from the Edge of the City presents 300 postcards sent from Adelaide Botanic Garden between 1901 and 1914.

Director of the Botanic Gardens of South Australia, Stephen Forbes says the exhibition is a unique historical representation of the Garden and a glimpse of everyday life in the Edwardian Era.

“In 1901 postcards were a new, fast and efficient mode of communication and billions were sent through post offices worldwide,” Mr Forbes said.

Postcards from the Edge of the City showcases this time through the beautiful imagery and handwritten messages on each piece.”

The pocket sized memories capture the leisure, affluence and modernity of the period and highlight how the Garden has developed over time.

Postcards from the Edge of the City is accompanied by a book, Out of the Past which acts as a catalogue for the exhibition presenting each postcard, back and front.

“Adelaide Botanic Garden has played an important role in the lives of South Australians for more than 150 years and this exhibition celebrates that connection,

“Most people have memories of time spent in Adelaide Botanic Garden, it’s fascinating to see how our own experiences compare to those of visitors many years ago,” Mr Forbes said.

Postcards from the Edge of the City will be on display in the historic Santos Museum of Economic Botany between 9 December 2014 and 26 April 2015. Entry is free.

Out of the Past can be purchased from The Diggers Shop in Adelaide Botanic Garden.

Postcards from the Edge of the City
Santos Museum of Economic Botany, Adelaide Botanic Garden (map reference I15)
9 December 2014 – 26 April 2015
Open daily (except Christmas Day) 10am – 4pm
Entry is free

The Museum of Economic Botany and the exhibition program are proudly supported by Santos.

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