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Wish You Were Here: tokens of travel
Tweed Regional Museum Murwillumbah
5 December - 28 April 2018

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The allure of travel, holidays, surf and sand has a long history on the East Coast of Australia. The tourism industry boomed in the early 1900s with the availability of relatively cheap and reliable train travel. For the first time people could easily move themselves, their families, and luggage in comfort to the destinations by train.

The post war 1950s were the heyday of summer holidays on the beaches of the Tweed and Gold Coast. These were the years of the ‘endless summer’, when you would travel to the beach and stay for a month or more. During this era, the border hummed with guest houses, motels, tourist attractions and dance halls. Families and young people flocked to the beaches, camping or staying in guest houses which organised activities such as pyjama parties and fancy dress, war cry and hokey pokey competitions.

With tourists come souvenirs; small tokens to take or send back home as a reminder of the summer pilgrimage. As long as people have visited distant places, they have collected tokens of their travels, and while many of these souvenirs have found themselves relocated to the backs of cupboards across Australia, all tell a story of a time, a place and a memory.

Wish you were here: tokens of travel takes a look at the Tweed's own adventures in tourism, travel and souvenirs.

Village stories: Uki
Tweed Regional Museum Murwillumbah
On display until 2018

Uki May Ball poster
Uki May Ball poster, 1986. TRM Collection MU2012.16.5

This exhibition is a journey through Uki's colourful past, from fancy dress to the local tug-o-war heroes.

Learn some of the secret stories of Uki and discover a collection of local objects that has never been displayed in public!

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Budds Supplies
Tweed Regional Museum Murwillumbah
Until 10 February 2018

Budds Display
Budds Store in Murwillumbah is one of the most recognisable. Surviving two World Wars, and numerous floods, Budds provided the Tweed Shire with farm supplies and livestock feed for over 100 years. Come and see the newest acquisitions to the Museum's collection of tools and supplies used at Budds.

Thunder eggs: Tweed's hidden gems
Tweed Regional Museum Murwillumbah
Permanent exhibition

Thunder eggs
Thunder eggs from the Museum's Collection.

These spherical wonders are found in the silica-rich volcanic landscape of the Tweed and tell a story of the molten lava that once flowed through the area over 20 million years ago. As the lava cooled, the trapped gas and minerals produced a stunning array of colour and crystals inside the thunder eggs.

This display features a wide selection of thunder egg specimens from the Museum's extensive collection.

Fragments: remembering WWI

M19-3 Government Wharf
WWI soldiers at Government Wharf, Murwillumbah, C.1914. TRM Collection M19-3.

The years 2014 to 2018 mark 100 years since the outbreak and cessation of World War I. During these anniversary years, many families are revisiting the experiences of relatives who served.

A number of families with strong connections to the Tweed have generously donated or loaned precious family heirlooms for display. Fragments: remembering WWI features a changing selection of memorabilia and stories of World War I soldiers with connections to the Tweed.
Last Updated: 03 January 2018