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Last 10 Available Media Releases
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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
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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
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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
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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 museum.tweed.nsw.gov.au 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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28 September 2016
Beautiful Butterflies bring deeper message
Beautiful Butterflies at Museum media release
Some of the most beautiful butterflies from Australia, Asia and South America will be featured at Tweed Regional Museum Murwillumbah when Greg Newland is the next collector to be showcased in the Museum’s Collector’s Cabinet display.
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26 August 2016
History reveals difficult and powerful stories
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A new Tweed Regional Museum Murwillumbah exhibition includes breastplates given to Aboriginal people associated with the Northern Rivers in the late 1800s and early 1900s.

 

Two years in the making, the exhibition opens on 23 August to coincide with the New South Wales Local Government Aboriginal Network Conference, a peak body event being held in Tweed Shire for the first time.

 

“The focus of this exhibition is very much on the individuals to whom these plates were given, and the information that can be found in the historic record about them - where they lived, why they were given the plates, and their interaction with settlers,” Museum Director Judy Kean said.

 

“We understand that the history of these breastplates is a difficult one. It tells a story of attempts at European domination and subjugation of Aboriginal people. Nonetheless, those named on the breastplates did exist and although the plates themselves can be contentious, the individuals are not, and it’s their stories that are the heart of this exhibition.” 

 

Featured in the exhibition: Bobby, King of Grafton; Tommy, King of Carrs Creek; Rowley, King of Tomki; Bobby, Chief of Yulgibar; Billy Kelly, King of Broadwater; Jemmy, King of Big River; King Billy Morgan of Dyrabba; Margaret, Queen of Gundurimba; Peter Belmy, King of Yerally, Gindinbar and Gundirimba; Billy Barloo, King of Coldstream; Prince Newman  of Tunstall; Wilson, King of Coraki; Drumble Charlie and Billy Moore.

 

“People may not be aware that breastplates have a military origin. They’re a remnant of metal body armour, the gorget, worn in medieval times and in continued use well into the 19th century,” Ms Kean said.

 

“Governor Macquarie introduced them to Australia in 1815 and intended them as a way of conferring status on the people to whom they were given.”

 

As part of the Museum’s work to assemble the exhibition, a publication has been produce and includes extensive original research. It includes a supplementary list identifying individuals from the region given breastplates or identified as ‘King’ or ‘Queen’ but for whom no breastplate is known to exist.

 

“We hope this extensive documentation will encourage further research into the lives of these individuals,” she said.

 

Delegates from the NSW Local Government Aboriginal Network (LGAN) Conference visited the exhibition on Wednesday, with some sharing their own memories triggered by the display.

 

LGAN Executive Member John Murray said the exhibition was a good way to educate the broader community about the past.

 

“It was sad for me to see some of the items on display but this is about recognising how far we have come as a culture and as a country. It’s good to see these things are only on display now for educational purposes,” Mr Murray said.

 

The National Museum, the Australian Museum, the National Library of Australia, the Museum of Applied Arts and Sciences and the Richmond River and Casino Historical Societies have loaned breastplates for inclusion in the exhibition.

 

A talk about Aboriginal breastplates and the exhibition will be held at the Museum on Wednesday 14 September at 6pm. 

 

For more information, contact the Museum on (02) 6670 2493 or visit museum.tweed.nsw.gov.au


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