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Northcote Hysterical Society
Archival pigment print on rag paper
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Public Description: 

The photograph, Northland , is from a series of 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.

Northland Shopping Centre was originally built and owned by the Myer Emporium. When it opened for business on Tuesday 4th of October 1966, it was Victoria's first and largest indoor mall shopping centre. The shopping centre was built on land sold by the Housing Commission that once housed the migrant camp of nissen huts built in 1952 to accommodate the influx of new Australians to Preston. The original shopping centre consisted of 3 malls radiating north, east and west from a centre stage area. Water features, such as this one, were prominant in the original design and construction of the centre however there aren't any existing fountains remaining on the site. It would have approximately 80 tenants and was estimated to cost 9 million pounds to complete. The site was bounded by Murray Rd, Hannah St, Wood St and Darebin Creek. In 1982 Northland was sold to the Gandel Group of Companies. Since then the shopping centre has had numerous expansions and renovations.

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.

Northland © 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.’