A COLLECTION of photographic work taken 25 years ago in Leeton will return to town next month as part of a travelling exhibition.
The Australian Institute of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Island Studies (AIATSIS) is bringing the collection, titled After 200 Years, to the Leeton and District Aboriginal Lands Council from March 4 to 7.
The photographs were taken by Alana Harris, who is the manager of the audiovisual access unit at AIATSIS in Canberra, after she spent time in Leeton 25 years ago as part of a program.
"The After 200 Years project was something that took place 25 years ago for a book that was published," Mrs Harris said.
"As part of the project, people went out and lived in about 20 different communities for a month or two and compiled a photo essay with the Indigenous people living there.
"I was in Leeton for about six to eight weeks for it and then myself and another person went back and did some oral history recordings.
"The book was pretty unique once completed, so now we've had this idea to bring the collection back to the communities that took part.
"People are keen to see the images and we'll have material there for them to look at and order too."
Six or seven photographs that Mrs Harris took during her time in Leeton will feature as part of the travelling collection and will then be donated to the lands council.
Free audio compilations in the Wiradjuri language will also be available, as well as a photographic database with more 60,000 images from across the country.
The collection will be open for viewing from Monday to next Thursday at the Leeton and District Aboriginal Lands Council in Belah Street from 9.30am each day.
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