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Author: Public Record Office Victoria
To celebrate the Arts Centre's 30th anniversary we dug through our archives and came up with some gems from the last 30+ years.
From original seating and lighting plans, articles announcing the opening and clippings from the first set of performances, there's a treasure trove of history to be found - including an article on one of the very first performances after construction.
The performance was in 1982 when the construction workers were treated to a performance alongside their family, friends and the Arts Minister of the time, Mr Matthews. After working so tirelessly on the project, this allowed the workers a chance to show off their efforts and experience the venue ahead of the general public. According to our records, the performance was capped off with refreshments served outside under the Riverside Terrace.
Gems from the collection
You can read the original newspaper article on this performance alongside some of our other Arts Centre records here.