May 18, 2010 12:00AM


These days Kings Cross is known for trashy nights, neon signs and more arse than class. But once upon time its streets were lined with tailors and waltzed upon by women in furs. When this era ended the hippies moved in. The summer of 1970-1971 was `the summer of love' and Kings Cross was a hub for hippies, avant-garde artists and American servicemen on leave from Vietnam.

Photographers Rennie Ellis and Wesley Stacey dedicated their time to capturing this period in Kings Cross' history. Their work is the subject of a new exhibition entitled `Up the Cross' at the Museum of Sydney. Ellis and Stacey's photos delve into this unique time in Sydney's subculture (when Hare Krishnas danced through the streets and Les Girls took to the stage).

The exhibition is on now until 8 August 2010. The Museum of Sydney is located on the corner of Phillip and Bridge Streets, CBD.

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