An upcoming exhibition will shine the light on Wallace & McGee, a construction company which was an integral part of building Dubbo and Western NSW.
The Building Community: Wallace & McGee, Walmac and the Construction of the West exhibition will explores the company history and highlights the profound and long lasting impact that it would have on the building of our community.
From the mid-1920s to the early 1980s Wallace & McGee was at the centre of the construction industry in Western NSW and was responsible for the building of most of the iconic buildings throughout our community.
This exhibition is an example of the celebration of local stories and local experiences that the Dubbo Regional Museum is committed to sharing.
Cultural Development Coordinator, Jessica Moore highlighted the passion the community has for local history.
"Through SPARC: The DRC Cultural Plan, the community told us how passionate they were about hearing about our local history, the stories that make our region unique and dynamic.
"The story of Wallace and McGee is the archetypal Dubbo story, one of people moving to Dubbo and embracing the opportunity it offered, while being passionate about giving back to the community that had been so welcoming," she said.
"The exhibition would not have been possible without the enthusiasm and support of the community, with many people coming forward with their recollections, photographs and objects for the exhibition.
"This itself shows the lasting legacy of the company and the connection many still feel for it.
"We are also proud to dedicate this exhibition to the memory of Mr Mick Wilson, who passed away a few months ago.
"Mick was a proud employee of Wallace and McGee and really represents the spirit of the company with his passion for community and giving back to the generations that followed him."
The exhibition will be officially opened at the end of August with an event "SMOKO" which we hope will be an unofficial company reunion.
The exhibition opens to the public at the Western Plains Cultural Centre on July 31.
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