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Fine China at Tumut Museum

Tumut Historical Society committee member Jackie Green with part of the Chinese exhibition at the Tumut Museum in Capper Street.
Tumut Historical Society committee member Jackie Green with part of the Chinese exhibition at the Tumut Museum in Capper Street.

AFTER years of preparation, the Chinese Exhibition is up and running at the Tumut Historical Society Museum.

“The launch day was very successful and applauded by those with Chinese heritage,” Historical Society president Marcia Commins said.

More information has been added to the display which will run until the end of the year.

“The hard work and achievements of our early Chinese businessmen is well documented and very interesting,” Marcia said.

The “Talking Machines” project, run by Rachael Vincent of Museums of the Riverina, is nearing completion.

“Our involvement ran very smoothly, and we look forward to the final result which will be published in video,” Marcia said.

In 2015, the Society received a $4,000 preservation assessment grant from the National Library.

“This assessment proved very positive and will be followed with another grant application in 2017, to carry out the important conservation suggestions,” Marcia said.

This addition was assisted by a $ 4000 Heritage Grant from Tumut Shire Council.

The typing of the Barry Bridges manuscript acquired by the museum in 2015, has been completed and will be used by the Society committee to produce another history of early Tumut up until the beginning of the 20th Century.

Items from this work have featured in the Tumut and Adelong Times during the year.

During the past 12 months the Museum has featured in two exhibitions at the Tourist Centre, with very positive feedback.

“Thanks to Gordon Dewey, we also entered in the Festival of the Falling Leaf Street Parade to advertise the museum and to advertise our Chinese exhibition,” Marcia said.

“To enable the museum to improve our service to the public we are always looking for grants, and raising funds through street stalls and museum open days.”

The Museum will participate in the Garage Sale Trail Day in October.

“This was a big drawcard last year, mainly for trash and treasure, but also for the barbecue, Devonshire teas, etc and will be a chance for our community to visit and enjoy the collection of items relating to Tumut’s history,” Marcia said.

“It is a good time for those people who have always wanted to visit the museum to meet our new committee and perhaps feel that they would like to volunteer their expertise in some way. New members and volunteers are always welcome.”

The committee members elected at the recent AGM for 2016/2017 are Marcia Commins, president, Phyllis Dowling, vice-president, Daphne Clark, secretary, Sylvia Fisher, treasurer, Geoff Allen, Jackie Green and Paula Cavanough.