Merri Parade

Registration Number
1084-1-1
Maker
Type of Object
Tags
Edition
Edition 1 of 5
Series
Northcote Hysterical Society
Medium
Archival pigment print on rag paper
Collection
Height
23.00cm
Width
35.00cm
When Made
1977
Public Description: 

The photograph, Merri Parade, is from a series of black and white photographs from the exhibition David Wadelton presents, The Northcote Hysterical Society which was shown at the Bundoora Homestead Art Gallery in 2015. These images, beautifully photographed and reproduced by David, are a wonderful look back at the seventies in and around the northern Melbourne suburb of Northcote.

Merri Parade is a residential street joining St Georges Road and Westgarth Street Northcote. It follows the Merri Creek and crosses under the South Morang railway line near Merri Station via a rail bridge. The Parade is historically significant in the development of Northcote due mainly to the fact that one of the earliest rows of terrace houses were built in the area. It is thought there are potential archaeological remnants beneath the site of seven terrace houses, built circa 1890 and demonished circa 1980, that stood next to the current Albion Charles Hotel on the corner of St Georges Road and Merri Parade. http://vhd.heritagecouncil.vic.gov.au

David Wadelton is a local Northcote resident, painter and photographer. Since the early 1980s he has exhibited extensively throughout Australia with regular solo exhibitions at Tolarno Galleries, Melbourne. He has participated in numerous group exhibitions from Vision In Disbelief, the 4th Biennale of Sydney in 1982, to Melbourne Now at the National Gallery of Victoria in 2013. A survey exhibition of Wadelton’s paintings and photographs, David Wadelton: Icons of Suburbia, was presented by McClelland Sculpture Park + Gallery in 2011. Wadelton has embraced social media in his practice, establishing The Northcote Hysterical Society in 2008, which now has thousands of members. He is represented in many state and national collections, including the Australian National Gallery, and the National Gallery of Victoria. In addition to his career as a visual artist, Wadelton has made significant contributions to the field of experimental music in Australia.

Merri Parade © David Wadelton

Makers Statement: 
Here you will find photos I took of Northcote and environs in the 1970s and early 80s, all in glorious black and white. I moved to Northcote in 1975, attracted by the cheap rent and proximity to the city and public transport. At first I rented a house in Clarke Street, then above a shop in High Street. We bought a house and I'm still here! Wadelton says ‘of the many thousands of negatives I have from the 1970s, the ones I chose to print back then in my home darkroom (with a few exceptions) now seem the least interesting. So many of the negatives that interest me now went right through to the keeper back then. But I kept the negatives and that’s the key.’

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