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21 April 2017
Living with ability - Museum project shares inspiring stories
Living with ability - Museum project shares inspiring stories

A new major exhibition at the Tweed Museum will share the moving and inspiring personal stories of eleven ‘ordinary’ people whose rich life experiences include living with disability.

The exhibition, Untold Stories: living with ability, is part of a larger project being undertaken by Tweed Regional Museum called Contemporary Voices, which captures diverse stories of people living in the Tweed.

Participants in Untold Stories have generously allowed the Museum to record and share their stories through audio, video and text, complimented by objects emblematic of their personal journeys.

The exhibition opened at the Tweed Regional Museum at Murwillumbah in late March and continues until 24 June.

“It is no small thing to allow large parts of your life story to be recorded and used as the basis for a public exhibition,” Museum Director Judy Kean said.

“To do so in the community in which you live, so others can have a ‘window’ of understanding into experiences and issues they would otherwise be unaware of is especially generous.”

Tracy Barrell, Una Cowdroy, Jan Cronly, Suzy Hudson, Bev Larsson, Ally Page, Nicole Randolph, Tim Thomas, Anne-Gabrielle Thompson and Bill and Yvonne Trenear have each participated in an 18 month project which documents many aspects of their lives, including individual experiences of living with disability.

“One of the most striking aspects of the project for me, has been that while each person’s experience of disability is significant and sometimes life changing, it’s just one part of much bigger richer stories characterised by survival, adventure, academic and sporting achievement, love, advocacy, spirituality, generosity, tenacity, and much more,” Judy Kean said.

“The exhibition is inspiring and moving for many different reasons, and offers visitors different ways of appreciating these stories.”

Museum staff worked with Karen Collins, Council’s Community Development Officer, Aging and Disability and with members of Council’s Equal Access committee, and project participants on the project.

A program of activities during the exhibition includes: verbal imaging tours of the Untold Stories exhibition and the Museum for those with vision impairment; interactive story telling sessions for children by Bev Larsson in May and June, based on Bev’s book Along Came Henry; AUSLAN interpreted tours on Saturday 22 April and Saturday 20 May, and more.

The Museum will host the launch of the 2017 Access and Inclusion Awards in May.

Untold Stories: living with ability is supported by the New South Wales Government through Arts NSW.

For more details about the exhibition and program of activities contact the Museum on (02) 66702493 or visit the website The Tweed Regional Museum at Murwillumbah is open Tues to Sat 10am - 4pm, entry is free.

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2 March 2017
Discover the Tweed's hidden gems
Thunder Eggs media release
Thunder eggs found in the Tweed are the envy of collectors around the world.
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17 February 2017
One of the best remembered in Museum's Collectors Cabinet
Museum Top Brass media release
A new collectors display at Tweed Regional Museum Murwillumbah is both a celebration of all things brass and a tribute to one of the Museum’s most dedicated volunteers.
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10 February 2017
Village exhibition turns spotlight on Uki
Museum Uki village exhibition
The Tweed is made up of many historic, beautiful and vibrant villages, each with its own unique characteristics and stories to tell.
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17 January 2017
Murwillumbah Museum reopens
Murwillumbah Museum reopens media release
Tweed Regional Museum Murwillumbah reopened today after a temporary closure as a safety precaution during repairs to the building’s air conditioning system.
11 January 2017
Temporary closure of Tweed Regional Museum Murwillumbah
Murwillumbah Museum closure media release
Tweed Regional Museum Murwillumbah is temporarily closed to the public this week as a safety precaution during repairs to the building’s air conditioning system.
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6 December 2016
Three cheers for our volunteers

The benefits of volunteering can flow both ways, according to Tweed Regional Museum volunteer Ross Johnson.


Ross is part of a global network of volunteers who give their time to a diversity of organisations and projects. International Volunteer Day, held on 5 December each year, acknowledges the contributions made by community champions like Ross, often in largely anonymous roles.


While the efforts of volunteers contribute enormously to the Tweed Shire community, Ross says volunteering is also valuable for his personal wellbeing.


“I volunteer to keep my interest up in things and to keep me mentally fit,” according to Ross, who has been helping with the Tweed Regional Museum, Tweed Heads Historical Society branch for 15 years.


Ross contributes to the Front-of-House roster at the Museum and is a great source of local knowledge. He has donated many items to the collection and provided content for exhibitions. He is hugely supportive of the Museum and educating the community about Tweed history.


"I certainly have no plans to stop volunteering,” he said.


“Both my family and my wife’s family have always done a lot to assist the community and that is how I was brought up.”


Ross also volunteers for other organisations in Tweed Shire, including playing music at the Murwillumbah and Tweed Heads Anglican churches, Murwillumbah Festival of Performing Arts and Kingscliff Returned Services League.


Museum Director Judy Kean said without its volunteers the Museum “really could not have opened the doors and done as well as we have”.


“The Museum has 100 volunteers who assist staff at the Museum in Murwillumbah and at the Tweed Heads and Uki branches,” she said.


“Tweed Regional Museum is deeply grateful for the contribution of our volunteers and we invite the community to help us applaud their wonderful efforts.”

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28 November 2016
A toast to Tumbulgum

The Tweed Regional Museum has secured a rare piece of local history with the acquisition of a one-of-a-kind bottle of rum from local producers Husk Distillers.

Husk Distillers announced the release of limited edition rum to celebrate the 150th anniversary Tumbulgum village.

‘1866 Tumbulgum Rum’ was officially launched at Tumbulgum as part of the Tweed River Festival on 12 November. 1866 was the year the Tumbulgum Village was formally established.

Bottle 001 of 1866 Tumbulgum Rum was auctioned online, with proceeds donated to the Tumbulgum Community Association to continue to improve and enrich village life.

Tweed Regional Museum’s Acting Director, Kate Gahan said the Museum was successful in securing the bottle for its permanent collection and it will be on public display in 2017.

“The bottle tells many stories about the shire, and indeed the region; from the history of the ongoing economic development of the Tumbulgum area, to the rise of paddock-to-plate agribusiness and sustainable craft-based food production,” she said.

“What is especially unique about the stories this bottle represents is the ongoing change in local sugar cane production, which has a long history in the shire.

“Based on a cattle and cane farm at Tumbulgum, Husk Distillers uses its own freshly crushed sugar to craft the rum. It also utilises waste from sugar cultivation and distillation on the farm to treat weeds and feed animals.

“Husk Distillers has adapted to small scale cultivation, harvesting and crushing of cane to use its own crop. This change is a departure from more traditional local sugar cane production methods.

“The Museum is pleased to be able to tell this story through this new acquisition for current and future generations.”


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1 November 2016
Searching for Tweed Shire's souvenirs
Souvenir ware exhibition media release
Residents are urged to purge their sideboards and mantle pieces of historic souvenir ware originating from the shire for a major exhibition at Tweed Regional Museum.
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21 October 2016
Mail service origins revealed at Kynnumboon

History enthusiasts have toured the site of the Tweed’s first post office, to celebrate International Archaeology Day.


Bev Fairley, a direct descendant of Tweed settlers Joshua and Gertrude Bray, led a walking tour of their historic property Kynnumboon near Murwillumbah, the site of the first post office in the Tweed.


The tour, on Saturday 15 October, coincided with the start of the Museum’s display Sorted! 150 years of Tweed Mail, which explores the evolution of postal services throughout Tweed Shire.


It examines several themes, including the beginning of postal services in the Tweed.


Joshua Bray arrived on the Tweed in the early 1860s and established his home, Kynnumboon, on the outskirts of Murwillumbah. He was joined by his new wife, Rosalie Gertrude (nee Nixon), soon after and they established the Tweed’s first official post office in 1866.


Joshua was appointed Postmaster and Gertrude performed the role of Postmistress, and a section of their cottage’s verandah was closed in to accommodate what was known as Wollumben Post Office.


The mail slot cut into the cottage wall and the Wollumben Post Office stamp are some of the highlights of the Sorted! display.


It also includes an intriguingly small pencil sketch illustrating the story of Aboriginal man Long Bob, who carried the mail from Kynnumboon to Ballina before the direct mail route from the Tweed to Casino was established.


“Sorted! reveals snippets of the history of postal services through select objects relating to town and village post offices across the shire, from the Museum and private collections,” Tweed Regional Museum’s Acting Director, Kate Gahan, said.


“The display explores the development of different postal services over time and the technology and processes adopted to ensure the speed and security of mail.


“Other display gems include photographs of the present day Murwillumbah Post Office when newly completed in 1955,” she said.


“Strikingly modern in appearance, the first images of the new post office show it contrasted significantly with the town’s federation and inter-war era shops and facades.”


Ms Gahan said the new post office building represented the first significant upgrade of postal services in the town for many decades.


Sorted! is on display at the Museum until early February 2017. For more information, visit or contact the Museum on (02) 6670 2493.


The Museum is located on Queensland Road and is open Tuesday to Saturday, 10am to 4pm.


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