An original record of the daily happenings at Condong’s sugar mill in 1880 is just one of the ‘old but new’ acquisitions of Murwillumbah’s Tweed Regional Museum, on display now.
The Museum collection includes thousands of individual items gathered over more than 50 years, but history doesn’t stop, and new items are continually being added to the collection.
Museum Director Judy Kean the exhibition, titled What’s New?, showcases these artefacts.
Photograph by David Palmer
“Each new addition to the collection brings with it a glimpse into our past,” Ms Kean said.
“We’re very aware that in 20 years’ time and sooner, people will be curious about what was going on in the Tweed in 2015.
“What’s New? gives us the opportunity to feature just some of the many significant donations to the Museum over the past couple of years. The oldest ‘new’ acquisition currently on display dates back to 1880, and the most recent to 2013,” she said.
“We’re particularly grateful to those who have parted with treasured items, generously donating them to the Museum so they can be preserved and shared with future generations.”
Ms Kean said the first selection for What’s New? included the original ledger recording the activities of the Colonial Sugar Refining Company (CSR) mill at Condong from its establishment in 1880, alongside a model of the first 747SP (Special Performance) aircraft purchased for the QANTAS fleet in 1981, named City of Gold Coast Tweed.
“We have also included tools from the studio of well-known Stokers Siding potter Bob Connery who passed away in 2013,” she said.
“Only a small portion of the collection can be on display at any one time and a lot of work goes on behind the scenes to get things ready, so we’ve put together a short sequence of images featuring objects being prepared for display.”
Behind the scenes at the Museum Store
“If visitors enjoy seeing this little bit of what goes on behind the scenes, and the diversity of the collection, they may enjoy a tour of the Museum collection store. We are often asked about where everything not currently on display is kept, and our store is something of an Aladdin’s cave.”
Free tours of the Tweed Regional Museum store are available on the third Thursday of every month at 11am. The next tour will be held on 21 January 2016.
Each tour is led by a Museum staff member and takes about an hour. Bookings are essential Tel: (02) 6670 2493 or firstname.lastname@example.org
What’s New? is part of the summer season of displays now open at Tweed Regional Museum Murwillumbah.
Tweed Shire Council Newsroom
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