Golden Land: The story of Food Production in Gawler

Gawler Cultural Heritage Centre

2021: Highly Commended – Projects $15,000 – $50,000

The exhibition Golden Land: The Story of Food Production in Gawler celebrates the food that has been cultivated, harvested and produced in this region.

The exhibition explores part of the complex history of food production in Gawler from the Kaurna community’s self-sufficient and sustainable lifestyle to the industrial-scale production of wheat, eggs, dairy and brewed beverages. Gawler has played a pivotal role in feeding not just locals but export markets across Australia and internationally.

The objective of this exhibition was to attract intergenerational audiences to the Cultural Heritage Centre to share their memories of kitchens from their past and to celebrate the role food plays in our lives. It was also an opportunity to celebrate the scale and innovation of historical industries that were once fundamental to the success of the town but are no longer part of the local economy.

Awards Submission

Part B Supporting Documentation

Floor plan

Project Team: 

Richard Browning (Synthetic Creative Services) concept and graphic design, installation
Andrew Knight (Signs by Night) printing
Winkle Group -kitchen sets, display crates and interactives
Bunyip Printing
Anna Steen-actress
Patrick Weiss-Film Director
Jacinta Weiss- Cultural Heritage Centre Coordinator
Petra Brown- Heritage Research and Collections Officer
Cultural Heritage Centre Volunteers