We Are Georges River: Community stories to be told through photo exhibition

A treasure trove of documentary images paying homage to Georges River legends and everyday lives in Sydney's south is the focus of a new exhibition.

We Are Georges River will feature more than 200 photographs - many being made public for the first time.

The collection will be available online and as part of an open-air display of larger-than-life images depicting the region's transformation since the turn of the 20th Century from Friday, October 8 to mid-December 2021.

The online exhibition will begin on October 8, with the physical displays to begin on October 11.

Georges River mayor Kevin Greene said the free COVID-19 safe exhibition would become a major drawcard over Spring to encourage residents to explore local history both online and whilst undertaking outdoor exercise.

"This is a celebration of who we are," he said.

"These photographs will shine a light on the people who shaped our heritage or played a part in everyday life over the years.

"We are working hard to preserve our heritage and distinctive identity, to reflect on how our city has evolved and hear real stories that bring this past to life."

Smart phone QR codes at the exhibition will allow viewers to discover yesteryears through a permanent virtual collection, featuring photographs and stories from suburbs across the Georges River local government area.

Some are iconic local memories, like the Nethery family of Carlton whose seven sons went on from significant rugby sporting achievements to serve their country during World War II.

The family is now commemorated with a historical marker.

Mike Nethery said the family had survived the Spanish Flu, two World Wars, produced outstanding sportsmen, and are still thriving with five generations and 44 great-grandchildren.

"We would like to share our stories to reflect on the resilience, the initiative and the stoic nature of our forebears in the Georges River area," he said.

"The images are a captivating glimpse of our shared past and very evocative.

"I am immensely pleased about this wonderful opportunity for my family to be recognised by this exhibition, which features wonderful traits of courage, conviction, determination and humility that are there in the bloodline of the pioneers of the Georges River area."

Blown up images of this exhibition will tour in five key locations: Oatley Memorial Gardens, Hurstville Plaza, Olds Park in Penshurst, Hogben Park in Kogarah and Carss Bush Park.

For more information, visit: georgesriver.nsw.gov.au/Community/Events.

To get involved, email: LocalStudies@georgesriver.nsw.gov.au.