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This is an excerpt of a copy of a letter written by Hazel Ladson to her mother on 12 March 1990.

“Last Friday was the town’s big photography day – A Day in the Life of Deniliquin. As well as doing parks and gardens, I got a second assignment of McAtamney’s dental surgery. I saw Ian earlier in the week and he said he wasn’t working that day but that he was sure to have an emergency.

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Photograph: Hazel Ladson, 1990
Maureen Wilson serving ice cream

Judy Bond. Participant in 1990, 2001 & 2011

I so enjoyed taking part in the three projects which have recorded everyday living in Deniliquin.

It was an opportunity to record the humdrum, unique and quirky sides of living here, which are often taken for granted.

Would institutions & situations from ten and twenty years ago still be in existence? Perhaps they may have totally changed or been eliminated.

A Day in the Life of Deniliquin 2011 was even more special with funding obtained by the organisers. This provided the opportunity to hold organised information sessions and photography workshops which were very enjoyable. Also we will be able to view the results from the previous projects held in 1991 and 2001.

Judy Bond


Photograph: Judy Bond, 1990
Burning off stubble


Why not 1991?

It might seem odd that there were eleven years between the first two A Day in the Life of Deniliquin projects and only ten years between the last two.

When planning for the 2011 A Day in the Life of Deniliquin began in mid-2010, we thought the concept had begun in 1991. There were no records remaining with the early images and even those who participated in the 2001 A Day in the Life of Deniliquin thought it had been held on the tenth anniversary. We may have been none the wiser if it hadn’t been for a quest to find out more information about the ‘1991’ photos.