Coorong's old halls become art galleries

Fashionistas:?Marianne Cunneen displays a dress worn by her mother in the 1960s as part of the clothing through the ages exhibit at Coorong Cottage Industries in Meningie.
Fashionistas:?Marianne Cunneen displays a dress worn by her mother in the 1960s as part of the clothing through the ages exhibit at Coorong Cottage Industries in Meningie.

Vintage fashion and accessories are on display at the Meningie Town Hall this month, as part of the hall's 125th celebrations.

Coorong Cottage Industries, a community industry group which currently use the hall, is holding displays and exhibitions throughout the year with August being all about clothing through the ages.

Frocks, baby and infant clothing, suits, hats, bags and gloves are all being exhibited, some made by hand while others are machine-sewn.

Just as clothing has changed over the years, so has the building.

Originally opened in March 1889 as the Council Chambers, the building has also been named the Institute and Town Hall and once included the town's library.

The Chambers now houses Coorong Cottage Industries and the Lakes Hub, as well as, the Visitor Information Centre.

The old Ashville Memorial Hall, housing an art gallery and antique shop, is hosting a South Australian Living Arts (SALA) exhibition.

Modern history: Owner of the Ashville Memorial Hall Catherine Gibbons with the new historic display plaque outside the old hall.

Modern history: Owner of the Ashville Memorial Hall Catherine Gibbons with the new historic display plaque outside the old hall.

Ten local artists including the hall's owner, Catherine Gibbons, will have items on display and for sale during the exhibition.

An information board displaying the history of the building and the surrounding district was erected outside the hall last month.

-Details: Coorong Cottage Industries in Meningie is open seven days a week from 10am to 4pm in the old town hall. Ashville Artists is open Thursday to Sunday from 10am to 4pm.

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