Marking Memories of Mascot…

Memorabilia from Mascot's Supreme Mousetrap factory.
Memorabilia from Mascot’s Supreme Mousetrap factory.

THE suburb of Mascot may mean little more than ‘the Airport’ to many Sydneysiders.

However, there was a time when this little district housed a diversity of bustling industry – including the Southern Hemisphere’s only factory dedicated to making mousetraps and Pagewood’s answer to Hollywood!

A small but captivating exhibition is currently on display at the joint Mascot Library & George Hanna Memorial Museum, featuring photos and artefacts from the area dating back to the 1920s.

Large photographic panels depict the changes over time – taken from the same spots – and offer food for thought on the pace of Progress (with a capital ‘P’) in the big smoke.

Especially sobering is a glass display case,reportedly positioned near enough to where the local Brown family would carry out their pre-refrigeration Christmas chicken farm, er… activity in the backyard with “blocks of ice wrapped in sacking”.

“Mrs Brown meanwhile sat in the back doorway trying to stay cool in midsummer heat while plucking feathers which floated off in all directions.” 

Where: Mascot Library & George Hanna Memorial Museum, 2-4 Hatfield Street, Mascot, NSW 2020.
When: Until April 2015
Cost: Free
Photograph from the Armistice Ball, Mascot Town Hall, 1934
Photograph from the Armistice Ball, Mascot Town Hall, 1934
Clipping from South Sydney Sentinel, 1937
Clipping from South Sydney Sentinel, 1934

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