18 March 2017
The latest exhibition at Rotorua Lakes Council will take locals back in time to see what life was like in mid-century Rotorua.
A selection of 14 photos from the 1960s Rotorua Photonews, a local magazine published from 1963 and 1971, are on show in Council’s galleria for the next three months.
The full collection, now held by the Rotorua Library in the Don Stafford Heritage Collection, is made up of 91 editions ranging from 68 to 100 pages of photos.
The Heritage team at the Rotorua Library team are working to digitise the Rotorua Photonews editions and have counted more than 18,400 images so far.
The photos focus mostly on Rotorua community events, including a lot of wedding and engagement photos, but also feature shots from Murupara, Kawerau, Taupo and Turangi.
While the photos on show in the Galleria reflect just how drastically our district has changed, a few show that some aspects of Rotorua life will never change like a family trip to the lake, or a kids Christmas party at the local rugby club.
The photos in this exhibition are part of the collection gifted to Rotorua Museum by photographer and one of the editors of the Rotorua Photonews Jack Lang (1915 – 1986).
The exhibition can be viewed on weekdays from 8am to 5pm on the first floor of the Council building (1061 Haupapa Street).