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Adrian Smith Mineral Collection
Tweed Regional Museum Murwillumbah
From 15 May 2018


Adrian Smith - Pyrite
Pyrite specimen from the Adrian Smith Collection.
Adrian Smith had a passion for gems and minerals, and over his lifetime amassed a collection of over 3000 specimens from Australia and throughout the world. An early passion for science led him into a career working for the CSIRO and later at Watson Victor in the scientific equipment division. Adrian's career enabled him to travel the world, and he made many connections with other gem and mineral collectors. He began collecting specimens on his overseas trips and soon also began travelling with friends and family on weekends and holidays to add to his collection.

Adrian was well known for wanting to share his passion with others, especially children. This is now a reality, after the collection was donated to Tweed Shire Council.

This permanent exhibition at Tweed Regional Museum Murwillumbah features the very best specimens from the Adrian Smith Collection, including 500 minerals and 300 gemstone specimens.

Chutney, Chooks and Champions: Stories from the Show
Tweed Regional Museum Murwillumbah
From 8 May 2018


Chutney, Chooks & Champions
Since the nineteenth century, Australia's agricultural shows have provided us with opportunities to reflect on the values and aspirations of our communities; to celebrate achievements ranging from excellence in cattle breeding to the beauty of a delicate piece of embroidery; and to enjoy a break from the routine of everyday life. A place of work and leisure, education and entertainment, the annual agricultural show is still an important event in hundreds of communities across Australia.

It is 120 years since the first show was held in the Tweed in 1898 (although not the 120th show!). Chutney, Chooks and Champions: Stories from the Show celebrates the stories behind the Show, and the people that have made it what it is today. Explore the history of the Tweed Agricultural Show, including photographs, prizes, ribbons and trophies from the early 1900s. Watch fascinating video stories about the farmers, judges, bakers, and sideshow alley showmen that reveal the Show as an event held close to the heart of the local community.

As part of this exhibition, the Museum will be hosting a series of Fermentation demonstrations, so that you can enter your creation into the new Fermentation category that the Museum is sponsoring at the Murwillumbah Show. See our Talks and Events page for more details.


MAT18 - Heather Matthew
Tweed Regional Museum Murwillumbah
15 - 26 May 2018

Floodwater - Heather Matthew - Copyright Tweed Shire Council
Heather Matthew, Preserved Memories, 2017, detail.
As part of the Murwillumbah Art Trail 2018 (MAT18), the Museum will exhibit two bodies of Heather Matthew's work which grew out of her experiences of the 2017 flood. Acquired by the Museum from the exhibition, Posts from the Big Flood, part of the Murwillumbah Art Trail in 2017, Matthew's work Preserved Memories is made of objects rescued from the flood waters which devastated her studio in South Murwillumbah in 2017. The work consists entirely of objects - preserving jars and a box - from Heather's studio, as well as some actual flood water that inundated her equipment. The second work, SILT, is a suite of works on paper made in early 2018 using paper salvaged from Heather's studio and reflective of her journey in the months following the flood.

Heather has written of Preserved Memories:
When the water subsided we were able to access my paper making art studio....When I finally got to clean out my paper drawers there was two buckets of muddy water in the bottom and I thought to collect it in case I wanted to make some artwork dipped in mud. These bottles of flood waters have been decanted into preserving bottles. Each preserves a memory of those mud filled cleaning days, what I lost, what I came away with, the resilience of community and the outpouring of generosity and love from strangers. These flood waters help me remember it all.

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Hot off the Press: the Tweed Daily News
29 May - 25 August

Daily News Dolphin
Tweed Daily News mascot costume and headline rack.

Our local paper has operated in the Tweed under various names since 1888, with the final name change to The Daily News happening in 1957.
In 2012, The Daily News stopped being published daily and moved to a weekend only printed edition. The Tweed community mourned the loss of its last daily news publication.
In 2017, The Tweed Daily News downsized its Tweed office of many years, donating several objects to the Museum collection. This display celebrates the history of The Tweed Daily News and its role in the community.








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


May Ball poster
May Ball poster, 1989. Artist Chester Harris. TRM Collection MUS2012.16.4.
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!

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: 24 May 2018