A Day in the Life of Deniliquin began on 9th March 1990 when 36 local photographers and community members took photographs that formed a snapshot of the Deniliquin community over a 24 hour period. On the 9th March 2001, 32 locals continued the project and a selection of 300 images from both years was exhibited.
In 2011, Regional Arts Fund support enabled the project to be restaged and to include community skills development and a three-stage exhibition.
On Wednesday 9th March 2011 it rained almost constantly but that didn’t deter 132 people from the Deniliquin, Conargo and Murray Shires, who submitted more than 4,500 images.
A selection of images from 1990, 2001 and 2011 has been combined to form an exhibition of digitally projected images, presented at the Peppin Heritage Centre, Deniliquin throughout June 2011 and a selection has been pasted up on buildings around Deniliquin as ‘street art’. This website will provide long-term access as well as the opportunity to add stories and build on the historical document formed by the project.
The result is an insightful photographic snapshot of the Deniliquin region over the past 20 years. It is easy to see how much has changed, from the outdated fashions to the shops and businesses that have closed, but what is also apparent is how much remains constant, from children still learning and playing at school to the services and volunteers that hold the community together.
The images from 1990, 2001 and 2011 will be archived so that on 9th March in 2021, the community can continue to document its contemporary history and carry it forward into the future.