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Fight for the Right

TRM Murwillumbah
10 August 2021 - 29 January 2022

Fight for the right

The Tweed has a long history of community activism and protest, bringing about political, environmental and social change. Transformative change in the community requires collective effort, bringing a community together.

Many campaigns have centred on the environment. Campaigns related to gas mining, water mining, land clearing, tourism and high rise development, health and transport services have rallied the community. The Tweed is home to areas of world heritage status. Many development proposals with the potential to impact environment and lifestyle have been resisted by diverse local groups acting to preserve environmental and lifestyle values.

Through historic objects, photographs, and video, the Museum hopes to inspire visitors with stories of how activism and protest in the Tweed has shaped our community. The Museum hopes to inspire actions from its visitors to become more active citizens, more engaged in their community, and more informed about how their everyday actions can affect real change.

NSW Government Fight for the Right explores activism and protest in the Tweed Shire, including the personal stories of locals involved in campaigns, and their quest to stand up for what they believe is right.

Tweed Regional Museum is supported by the NSW Government through Create NSW.

Land | Life | Culture

Tweed Regional Museum Murwillumbah - Permanent Exhibition

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Land Life Culture The Land | Life | Culture display introduces visitors to the unique natural and cultural heritage of the Tweed. The Tweed is one of the largest natural erosion calderas in the world, shaped by dynamic forces over millions of years.

The project is the largest undertaken by the Museum since the multimillion dollar redevelopment of the site was completed in 2014. The display was made possible through Restart NSW funding and through generous private donations.

The exhibition features important Indigenous cultural knowledge associated with key locations around the Tweed contributed by members of the local Aboriginal community as well as information on Tweed's biodiversity.

The exhibition provides visitors with a comprehensive introduction to landscape formation; how it has shaped life in the valley, and continues to do so. The exhibition features interactive hands-on components alongside case study specimens.

NSW Government Land | Life | Culture is proudly supported by the NSW Government in association with Foundation sponsors: Ian and Teena Fox

Gold sponsors: Murwillumbah Historical Society, Tweed Heads Historical Society
Silver sponsors: Friends of the Tweed Regional Museum

Small Town Queer

Online exhibition and collection project

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Small Town Queer explores the rich tapestry of Tweed's LGBTQIA history from the early 1900s to the present. This digital project includes the Museum's first podcast series, a story map, and an interactive portal for community stories. Small Town Queer is an interactive and inclusive space for the LGBTQIA community to tell their own stories about being a small-town queer.

The project explores themes of sexual liberation, love, activism, discrimination, defiance, performance, and local business. The Museum is collaborating with LGBTQIA community members to uncover the often hidden and ignored stories of Tweed's many and varied queer voices. View the online exhibition

Untold Stories: living with ability

Online Exhibition

Untold Stories is a Untold stories websize Tweed Regional Museum project exploring some extra-ordinary stories of living with disability.
The exhibiiton, Untold Stories: living with ability, was displayed at the Tweed Regional Museum Murwillumbah in 2017. The project captured diverse stories of 'ordinary' people whose rich life experiences include living with disability.
Participants in this project generously allowed the Museum to record and share their stories through audio, video and text. This wonderful expression of lives lived 'with ability' and to the fullest is now available as an
online exhibition. (external link)

Adrian Smith Mineral Collection

Tweed Regional Museum Murwillumbah - Permanent Exhibition

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.

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.
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