23 December, 2022
Preserving Our Past: Gilgandra Museum and Historical Society News - December 20, 2022
By Shirley Marks
Following a very busy few months,
members were pleased to have a fine day
recently to spend time together and enjoy
their usual Christmas barbeque. Bob
Rogers and Neil Cooper were the chefs
on this occasion, with the ladies preparing
delicious salads. Dessert was the customary
fruit salad and ice-cream.
In recent months, two separate
branches of the Mawbey Family have
been entertained and have been happy
that their family history continues to be
well looked after. Local businessmen
Wayne Semmler and David Baker, as
well as our local council, have been
thanked for their contributions to
improvements at Gilgandra Museum.
Fences have been erected, exhibits
repositioned, additional drainage put in
place and, with the cessation of rain for
the time being, the frontage of the museum
is greatly improved.
The Thompson Family photographs
displayed in shopfronts, for the ‘Come
Home to Gilgandra Festival,’ by Judy
Shalboub and Virginia Paton were much
admired and some of these have found
new homes. Virginia’s Miller Street in
Miniature was also greatly regarded over
the weekend and will hopefully find a
permanent home in the near future. John
Pond donated old photos and information
of Biddon, which are valuable additions
to our collections.
recently received are a wonderful collection
of badges from Mary Wright.
Mary‘s late husband, Kevin, was a longterm
member of Gilgandra Bowling Club
and the badges include those from clubs
he visited together many others. Mary
donated Kevin’s bowls and also those of
his father Ozzie. Apparently these bowls
are too heavy for today’s bowlers!
Annette Turner, National Party candidate
for Barwon, visited the museum and
Coo-ee Heritage Centre (CHC) with her
film crew, and president Max Zell
showed them around. It is great that
Annette has taken a few opportunities to
visit Gilgandra and particularly our
In early December, a coach from
Stanthorpe visited the museum with 22
persons on board, plus driver and tour
director. A boxed luncheon, specially
prepared by Johnson’s Family Store, was
enjoyed by all – and they kept mentioning
how fresh the sandwiches were.
a brief talk on Gilgandra’s history, they
took the opportunity to explore the museum
and also walk up to the CHC.
Working visitors have been our
artists, Nat Ord and Vanessa Keenan,
through Orana Arts project enCounter,
and we look forward to what they have
planned for Gilgandra Museum early
Shellharbour Students also returned
to the museum for two days in
November. President Max obtained
information and materials for the students
to work on, amongst other things,
leather and wooden items in the museum.
Many items look great following the
students’ hard work.
Museum advisor, through Museums
and Galleries of NSW, Kylie Moppett,
has been providing advice and assistance
in setting up and improving the Coo-ee
March Memorial and Allan Wise
Galleries, in conjunction with council,
which has been greatly appreciated.
The society is appreciative of the efforts of all its members who volunteer to keep the museum open, take care of grounds and exhibits, record history, answer queries and entertain our visitors.