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Historic granite quarry exhibition held in Eurobodalla


A photographic exhibition showing the history of Eurobodalla’s granite quarries is on display at the Eurobodalla Libraries in New South Wales.

The exhibition, Our past in pictures: A closer look at the history of Moruya granite, will be on display at the Batemans Bay, Moruya and Narooma libraries.

The four granite quarries in the Moruya region were used to supply granite for structures including the Sydney Harbour Bridge and Sydney Cenotaph.

Eurobodalla Libraries has used photographs in the exhibition, to document the early days of granite quarrying in the Eurobodalla Shire.

The Eurobodalla granite quarry had a workforce comprised of 250, which included men of 13 nationalities.

Libraries’ coordinator Samantha Fenton said the images provide a unique way to allow people to connect to the story being told compared with reading.

“The exhibition of seven photographs shows some landmarks from the quarrying days,” she said.

“The group shots are particularly compelling. There’s something about looking at portraits – you think, ‘What was it like to live like that?’”

The three libraries will include enlarged copies of the seven photographs held by the Moruya and District Historical Society along with a take-home fact sheet based on granite quarrying in the region.