Skint! Making Do in the Great Depression

Greg Poppleton’s Bakelite Trio play & sing songs from the Great Depression, Museum of Sydney, Sunday 27 March for the launch of Skint! Making do in the Great Depression. Starts at 1:40pm with the trio, historic films & Q&A. Finishes with the Trio at 3pm

Singer – Greg Poppleton
Piano – Peter Locke
Double Bass – Darcy Wright

Greg Poppleton & his Bakelite Dance Band Website

Greg Poppleton - Sydney's only authentic 1920s & 30s-style singer
Greg Poppleton - Sydney's only authentic 1920s & 30s-style singer

How did people in Sydney survive the tough times of the 1930s? Will we ever see the same levels of hardship again, and is there anything we can learn today from looking at how people coped in the past?

While it was a period of terrible hardship for many, the Great Depression was also a time when people showed incredible ingenuity to survive and make ends meet: thrifty ways of reusing and recycling commodities, growing vegetables and raising chooks, bartering, sharing recipes and resources, with increased levels of community and charitable support for others.

The city of Sydney was hit harder than other parts of the country, with nearly a third of our workforce unemployed in 1933. Evictions were rife as out-of-work families failed to meet their rental payments and newspapers reported pitched street battles between police and anti-eviction protesters. Soup kitchens were set up in school yards, and many hundreds of families were forced to shelter in caves or build their own humpies on the city fringes and along the coast.

Skint! Making do in the Great Depression explores the spirit and flavour of life in Sydney in the 1930s: the community spirit and political activism, everyday life and key events and personalities of the period. It brings together evocative images, objects, oral histories and film to help us understand the story of Sydney in the Great Depression.

Major sponsor

Museum of Sydney
Saturday 27 March — Sunday 25 July, 2010

Location: Corner Phillip and Bridge Streets, Sydney, NSW 2000


* Adult $10
* Child/Concession $5
* Family $20
* Members free


One Reply to “Skint! Making Do in the Great Depression”

  1. Whoops! There’s been a miscommunication between the Museum and me. It turns out this launch event is by invitation only and not open to the public. The exhibition will be open to the public after the launch on 28 March. Exhibition ticket prices are as per the blog. I apologise for amy inconvenience.


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