BUNKER SHOWING: The Faces of Coffs Harbour project opens today at The Bunker.
BUNKER SHOWING: The Faces of Coffs Harbour project opens today at The Bunker.

Faces of Coffs Harbour to adorn the walls of bunker

THE detailed drawings that are Tasmania-based cartoonist Christopher Downes' calling card will share wall space with a collection of portraits of Coffs Harbour locals at the Bunker Cartoon Gallery from today.

"The Way I 'C' It", which references Downes' famous signature, is a collection of his most famous works.

Also on show is "The Faces of Coffs Harbour", a collection of 1000 photo portraits of the community taken by Coffs Harbour local and former South Solitary Island lighthouse keeper Rob Tresize.

When Mr Tresize moved to Coffs Harbour in 1975, he said the community was mostly Anglo Saxon in origin but, along with the population, the community's increasing diversity has also grown.

"There are also many people who have been living here for decades contributing and serving our community in the usual quiet unassuming country style I thought deserved recognition," he said.

"Also there are those who have served in the armed forces, emergency services and volunteering. We see them out and about - some often not recognised for their service to our community."

Mr Tresize is donating the digital collection to the Picture Coffs Harbour archive held by the Coffs Harbour Library and Regional Museum, which will show future generations and researchers what Coffs Harbour people looked like in the years 2013-2015.

This exhibition runs until Saturday, May 30.



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