If the Fifties Fair at Rose Seidler House in Wahroonga is anything to go by, Sydney loves a little bit of retro.
Despite the bitter rivalry between Sydney and Melbourne, author Ian Collis believes that Sydney was the birthplace of Australia, with architectural monuments to rival that of New York and Paris, one of the best harbours in the world, and beaches, cafés and restaurants on the shore described as “too beautiful for words.”
As a proud Sydneysider, Ian put together Retro Sydney
– a book of historic photographs dedicated to the history of post-war Sydney onwards. Now the book has been printed in miniature form. Mini Retro Sydney
takes readers on the same retrospective journey through Sydney in the1950's and 1960's.
It was during the ‘50s that Australia expanded socially and culturally, with the arrival of displaced families from war-torn Europe. Archetypal Australian homes were outlined: there should be a Hills Hoist in the backyard, a Holden in the driveway, and a Victor lawnmower at the ready. All of this and more is explore with vibrant (and sometimes cringe-worthy) photographs from Sydney’s past.
See the beginnings of Sydney’s surfing culture; revisit the queen’s royal tour in 1954; witness the beginnings of the Sydney Royal Easter Show; see the very scaffolding that produced the Sydney Opera House; and even visit our fashion and entertainment history. Mini Retro Sydney
is for those who simply can’t get enough vintage in their life!
Mini Retro Sydney features:
- Hardcover, 336 pages.
- Revised and updated edition by Ian Collis.
- A photographic look at how Australia lived during the 1950s and '60s.
- Covers areas such as On the Beach, Out in the City, the Queen Arrives in Sydney, The Royal Easter Show, Sydney Harbour Bridge and the Opera House, and Fashion.
- Annotations give an overview of their subjects and history.
Dimensions: 17cm (l) x 17.5cm (w) x 3cm (d)