Alice Springs was once a place of wealth and beauty, a world apart from the harsh and unforgiving conditions of modern life.
The town is home to the famous Alice Springs Art Gallery and has a number of historic landmarks including Alice Springs Railway Station, the first railway station built in Australia, and the historic Victoria Castle.
But Alice Springs is now home to a vibrant and thriving beauty salon community that has become a destination for many people.
“I think it’s a really good thing that’s happened, because it means a lot to me,” Alice Springs resident Catherine Trenberth said.
“It’s like a second home now.”
Catherine and her husband Peter are passionate about their local community, and they are a part of the beauty salon family.
“You know you’ve got to love the people that live in Alice Springs,” Ms Trenberger said.
She said her husband and daughter are regulars at the Alice Springs Beauty Salon and that the place had a huge impact on her life.
“When you first come to Alice Springs you’re kind of walking through a world that is very different to the rest of the world,” she said.
Mr Trenner said Alice Springs had become the “golden age” of beauty salon life.
In the early 1990s, the community was thriving and the Trenbers had set up a salon there.
“My husband and I opened a small shop in the community, we did a lot of events and we had a good reputation,” Ms Pritchett said.
Ms Pritchelts family was the heart of the community.
“They always made sure that the people who worked in our shop were well-paid and were able to get a decent salary,” she recalled.
“We had a really long list of jobs, a lot more than the average woman in Alice [Springs],” she said of her family.”[My husband] used to go to work every day and work all the time, so that meant he had a lot going on.”‘
We had to take care of our own’Ms Praetzelts father was also an early supporter of the local beauty salon.
“He always did everything right and he would always help us,” Ms Praetzelt said.”[He was] always there for us, he was always there to make sure we were okay.”
Ms Prahltts mother was the second generation of the Tritcheets, her mother being the first.
“Our mother worked in the shop, she was a beauty queen, she did a couple of things here and there, but she was the first and the only,” Ms Sain said.
The Tritches lived in Alice Spring until their son, Peter, was two.
“The first time I ever saw him, he just had this big grin on his face,” Ms Cathers said.
Peter was a bright, fun and energetic kid who was always smiling, and I think he had always wanted to be an artist,” Ms Gatt said.
I think his smile and the way he made everybody smile was one of the things that drew people in.”
Peter Tritcher and his father were instrumental in making Alice Springs one of Australia’s most vibrant beauty townsThe Trencher family moved to Alice in the mid-1990s and Catherine said it was the “most important decision” she ever made.
“Before that, we’d only been to Melbourne,” she explained.
“There was nothing for me to do, there were no opportunities.”
“I just wanted to come to a place where I could actually enjoy life and be a part, and have a really strong connection with people.”
Mr Tritchelt and his wife are proud of their legacy in Alice, and Catherine’s mother said it had been important to support the local community.
Ms Trenbetts mother said the Trets were one of a kind.
“She’s one of those women who you can look up to, she’s a very special woman,” she remembered.
“And you just know she loves her work and her community.”