Window to the past

Mick Moy and Dungog Historical Society member Marie Neilson with the glass advertising slide. They are pictured beside the projector believed to have been given to the museum before the 1980s.Three old glass advertising slides have been found tucked away in an old window frame in Dungog’s historic James Theatre.

Main Creek resident Mick Moy has been doing volunteer work at the theatre for the Friends of the James Theatre.

“I wasn’t able to attend the JT Stakes fundraiser in March but wanted to do something to help restore the building,” Mr Moy said.

“I am replacing the inner window sills and mouldings of the two large windows at the front of the theatre and the slides were tucked down there.

“I think they were put there to date – a bit like a time capsule. There was also a metal builders set square there too.”

The slides have been given to the historical society for safe keeping until the building is restored and the Friends know where they will be displayed.

Secretary of the historical society Maureen Kingston said an old projector from the theatre had been given to the museum “many years ago”.

“It was here way before I became involved and I am trying to find out some history on it.

“But the slide would have been used in it for advertising on the screen.

“I have sought advice from the curator of Newcastle Museum Julie Baird on how to clean it.

“One slide has nothing on it and the other one only a few words.

“But the main one appears to be a political advertisement about voting against conscription and retaining your freedom.

“But once I know how to clean it safely we will produce a positive so we have a copy.”

Mr Moy was very excited about the find and is looking forward to continuing his work at the theatre.

“It is a beautiful old theatre and I would like to see it restored to its former glory,” he said.

“It’s like a wheelbarrow – if you don’t get behind and push it, no-one will.”

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