In any city there are certain signs and places you walk past all the time—the milk bar, a record store, a building. Years go by and it’s still there, like an old friend. You get older, visit less frequently, but it’s comforting to know the old haunts remain. Then one day, suddenly, it’s gone. You thought it would be there forever. But it’s not. Many of these old signs and spaces are lost forever…others have found a new home at CMAG. Come on a trip down memory lane and rediscover the Canberra of your past.
Sign of the Times is an exhibition of Canberra signs representing a history of life in the capital, from the early 1900s to the present day. See signs and hear stories from some of our most recognisable and fondly remembered establishments and places including the Brickworks, Electric Shadows, the Cotter, Impact Records and many more.
Sign and screen of the Sundown Drive-in, Canberra, 1970
National Archives of Australia
Delicious pies! Cold Drinks! Tasty treats! Come and view Canberra’s original Pie Cart – now fully restored – and hear about its amazing history as you enjoy snacks in the sunshine.
Be entranced by the dazzling glow of neon as you discover the history of this unique artform.
Who travels around Australia and takes 1000s of photos of old signs? The Gents, that’s who!