Gymnastic display at the Railway Institute, Sydney
|Collections||National Union of Railwaymen of Australia|
Photograph of men and women engaged in a gymnastic performance on a stage. In the middle, one man holds another on his shoulders while others brace themselves from his sides. One man hangs from two ropes and a woman swings on one. The remaining gymnasts stand either side of the central display. The stage has a painted Classical landscape backdrop and there are painted drapes above. An ornate monogram of R and I in a round medallion is visible at the top of the stage surrounds. There is a piano on the right of the platform. The hall appears to be set up for a flower show. This photograph is in William Ellis' collection and demonstrates his interest in gymnastics. As a Railway Institute Councillor, he had strongly campaigned for the establishment of a gymnasium for the railway workers and their families. Receipts from the Railway Jubilee exhibition of 1905 provided funds for the gymnasium, which opened in March 1906. From the 1880s to the late 1920s the Eveleigh workshops and the surrounding 'workmen's dwellings' were the centre for a large community and the Railway Institute provided facilities for many of its recreational activities as well as training courses.
|Location:||Chalmers Street, Sydney|