Exhibition Opening - Marriage: Love and Law

Please join the Whitlam Institute for the opening of Marriage: Love and law, a touring exhibition of NSW State Archives & Records.

Marriage: Love and Law explores the laws, beliefs and social attitudes that have shaped and reshaped marriage in Australia over three centuries. Stories of marriage are told through case studies of people, places and events—including the 1981 wedding of Prince Charles and Diana Spencer. Letters, Acts of Parliament, convict records, court documents, photographs, films, plans and reports sourced from the State Archives Collection will be on display, many for the first time.

For Marriage: Love and Law, NSW State Archives has commissioned works by four of Australia’s most exciting visual artists. Danie Mellor, Blak Douglas, Raquel Ormella and Freya Jobbins, have each responded to stories and records about marriage sourced from the State Archives Collection. Specially commissioned pieces by writers Tara Moss, Kiera Lindsey and Judith MacCallum, and baritone Simon Lobelson—who performs of Governor Lachlan Macquarie’s 1810 proclamation encouraging ‘lawful marriage’—contribute to the colour and variety of perspectives that make up the marriage history narrative.

Also featured are creative and documentary works by 16 current and 12 past film and photographic artists. Many of these works are presented through large-scale ‘marriage album’ encompassing documentary photographs of marriage ceremonies and celebrations over 140 years. A public program of talks, workshops and events plus an exhibition catalogue, will accompany the exhibition.

The opening of the exhibition will feature distinguished speakers, including former Chief Judge of the Family Court of Australia, Elizabeth Evatt AC and NSW State Archives Senior Curator, Dr Penelope Stannard.

Refreshments will be served. This is a free event but registration is essential.




The Female Orphan School, The Whitlam Institute (within Western Sydney University Parramatta)
Western Sydney University, Parramatta South Campus, corner Victoria Road and James Ruse Drive, Rydalmere

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Whitlam Institute
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