Central Goldfields Art Gallery has just recorded its most successful exhibition in 14 years with more than 1800 visitors flocking to see Wal Richards – Wedding Photographer.
A phenomenal 1883 local, interstate and international visitors came to see the successful exhibition, which focused on fashion, portraiture, bridesmaids, bridal and after parties, flowerchildren and, of course, brides.
A local icon, Wal Richards would ride his bicycle to local weddings from 1946 to 1996 to document the momentous occasion and be donned as the local ‘unofficial wedding photographer’.
It was the first time in 20 years Wal’s work was on public display.
Central Goldfields Shire Chief Administrator Noel Harvey said the visitation numbers were an excellent achievement but were unsurprising.
“This is a great result for our Gallery but given how popular Mr Richards and his work is, I’m hardly surprised that so many wanted to come and see his wedding photographs,” he said.
“The work of Wal Richards is more than a collection of photographers, it is also a fascinating insight into an often forgotten part of our social history.
“I congratulate all the staff at the Gallery for their tireless efforts. They do a wonderful job in bringing top-quality exhibitions to our Shire.”
The exhibition was a collaboration between the Council and the Maryborough Midlands Historical Society.