The Advocate Gift

The Advocate Gift exhibitions will be opened at the Burnie Regional Art Gallery and the Burnie Regional Museum on Friday, 18 August 2017.

For something a little different, this will be a progressive opening, the first commencing at 6pm at the Burnie Regional Museum, and then continuing on at the Burnie Regional Art Gallery from 7pm.

Burnie City Council Mayor Anita Dow said, “Both of these exhibitions promise to delight visitors. Over 1 million negatives are being added to the Burnie Regional Museum’s already enviable photographic collection through a donation by the Fairfax Media Group and The Advocate newspaper.”

“The Advocate’s photographic collection has displayed signs of deterioration, so in an effort to preserve this significant part of our region’s history, The Advocate Gift has been given to the Museum to be stored in the newly-built world-standard archival freezer store.”

“The Museum’s exhibition focusses on the history of photography as well as the history of The Advocate.”

“The Burnie Regional Art Gallery is exhibiting a selection of images from this exciting collection that tells particular stories from each of the decades from 1953-2000. 

“The exhibition at the Gallery has been curated by one of The Advocate’s former photographers, Grant Wells, who has an extensive knowledge about the treasures that are ’hiding’ in this collection.”

“As part of the Museum’s exhibition, the community will be able to discover the personal journeys and cheeky stories of some of The Advocate’s most well-known identities including Grant Wells, David and Michael Cherry, Allan Leeson, Luke Sayer and Judy Herbert, through a series of lunchtime talks. More information about these talks will be made available soon.”

“The Museum is also encouraging people to follow their Facebook page as they post every available front page of The Advocate newspaper, every day for a year, commencing on Friday 18 August 2017.”

The Museum is keen to get as many issues of The Advocate newspapers, which are available on the National Library’s TROVE website, transcribed and searchable as possible. If you would like to assist contact the Museum or visit their Facebook page for more information. They are also on the lookout for people who can assist with the huge task of cataloguing and digitising all of these fantastic images.

 Exhibition Dates: Burnie Regional Museum:

19 August, 2017 till 15 April, 2018

Exhibition Dates: Burnie Regional Art Gallery:

19 August –14 September 2017

Floor talk: Saturday, 2 September at 2pm with Curator, Grant Wells

All welcome. Admission is free.

For further information please contact

Janine Phillips
Communications Officer
Burnie City Council
03 6430 5716 or 0448 568 728