The LEO Gallery in Gawler is seeking photographs, objects and artefacts from the community to include in a special exhibition to mark the 110th anniversary of the opening of the Gawler-Angaston train line.

The gallery is sponsored by Member of Parliament, Mr Tony Piccolo and is located at 148 Murray Street Gawler.

Mr Piccolo said the gallery has already received a number of items for the exhibition but is seeking more to ensure it reflects the different aspects of the history of the trainline.

“The exhibition has items from different eras and locations along the corridor and the thing they have in common is that they connected to the Gawler-Angaston train line,” Mr Piccolo said.

“The aim of the exhibition is to bring to life the history of the line, and the people involved with it, to a new generation who may not be familiar with its history.”

“I understand the Sandy Creek Railway Station or platform was used to disembark both soldiers and internees during the second world war, so it would be great to exhibit some photos if they exist.”

The line has a proud history and has touched the lives of many people while it was open as both a passenger service and more recently as a tourist line since it opened on 8 September 1911.

The exhibition will also include copies of petitions both supporting and opposing the extension of the train line from Gawler to Angaston that were presented and tabled in State Parliament on the 28 October 1897.

Mr Piccolo said the petitions make interesting reading and thanked the South Australian Parliament for providing copies for the exhibition.

The exhibition will be open from Friday 10 September 2021 and, at this stage run until Friday 1 October 2021.

Any person or organisation who would like to lend any item for the exhibition should contact Mr Piccolo’s Electorate Office on 85 222878 or send them an email at

“People or organisations who lend or donate an item to the exhibition will be acknowledged in all promotional materials, and subject to COVID19 restrictions, will be invited to the official launch.”