Every community is rich with stories from the past – and South Eastern Sydney is no exception.

To celebrate the region’s fascinating history, South Eastern Community Connect is launching a photographic exhibition in Eastlakes Shopping Centre on Wednesday 3rd October.

Titled Bayside in Pictures, the exhibition will include a range of fascinating images of streetscapes and historic landmarks in Eastlakes and surrounding suburbs, as well as photos of people who have helped build the community.

The exhibition celebrates 40 years of South Eastern Community Connect’s work in the local area.

From cherished buildings such as the Marina Picture Palace through to watering holes such as The Lakes Hotel, each photo captures a slice of history that reflects a significant chapter in the history of South Eastern Sydney.

The exhibition will also include Before-and-After photos of cherished landmarks, as well as telling the story of South Eastern Community Connect’s engagement in the life of Eastlakes and surrounding suburbs.

Based in Eastlakes Shopping Centre, South Eastern Community Connect is a not-for-profit community organisation managed by a voluntary board of directors made up of local community members and services.

South Eastern Community Connect has been running for 40 years and provides a diverse range of community services and activities for people living in the local government areas of Bayside, Randwick, Woollahra, Waverley, and City of Sydney.

On Saturday 10th November, its 40th Anniversary celebrations will culminate in a monumental community celebration at Eastlakes Reserve, which will feature live music, delicious food, and workshops for all ages.

In the meantime, drop into Eastlakes Shopping Centre next week to enjoy a trip down memory lane with South Eastern Community Connect.


The Marina Picture Theatre in Rosebery has undergone many changes over the years.

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