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Adrian Smith Mineral Collection
Tweed Regional Museum Murwillumbah

Adrian Smith - PyritePyrite 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.

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

Thunder eggsThunder 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.

The Tweed Heads Courthouse

Tweed Regional Museum Tweed Heads
Permanent Exhibition

CourthouseMaritime history displays inside the Courthouse.
The original Tweed Heads Courthouse was relocated from its former location in Wharf Street, Tweed Heads, in 1985. Refurbishment was undertaken in 2017 and the building now houses displays focussing on the history of the Courthouse and its role in the community. Displays also feature a selection of items related to the maritime history of the area and an exhibition of vintage souvenirs and postcards highlighting the role of tourism in the history of the Twin Towns.

Boyds' Shed

Tweed Regional Museum Tweed Heads
Permanent Exhibition

Boyds' ShedBoyds' Shed, 2018.
Boyd ancestors were among the earliest cedar getters on the Tweed in the 1840s and there are several local landmarks named after the family. The Boyd brothers became well known for the hauls of mullet they netted off local beaches from the 1920s to 1960s.

The first section of Boyds' Shed was built by the family in 1907 at a location on the river bank at Boyds Bay, Tweed Heads. During the early 1930s the Boyds further extended the shed, adding a wing to the eastern side. The shed was used until the 1960s as a hub for the Boyd family fishing operations, as well as a social meeting place.

It became disused in the 1970s and by the mid-1980s it was threatened with demolition. In 1994 the Lower Tweed River Historical Society began the process of raising funds to relocate Boyds' Shed to its current location on the banks of Terranora Creek in Pioneer Park. In 1996, this process was complete and the shed became part of the Museum.

A major refurbishment of the Shed was completed in December 2018. New interpretive displays showcase the rich history of the shed and the contribution of the Boyd family to the Tweed Heads Community.

Sea Stories
Tweed Regional Museum Murwillumbah
3 September 2019 to May 2020

Sea Stories - Copyright Tweed Shire Council The people of the Tweed have a deep connection to the ocean. The sea has always held cultural meaning, mystery, adventure, danger and fun in the curl of its waves and the sparkle of its depths.
The sea has sustained the first people, it brought Europeans, carried and wrecked ships, and continues to provide a rich maritime culture in the Tweed.

Sea Stories showcases a selection of objects from the Museum’s collection which tell a wide variety of stories about human relationships with the ocean through themes as varied as discovery, survival, adventure and fun!
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