Museum searches for link to own history

In preparing for the 25th anniversary of the opening of the Gerringong Museum, members of Gerringong Historical Society are searching for six students of Kiama High, who in 1991 painted a mural for the newly built new museum.

“We are wondering whether any of them still live in the area,” says Bobbie Miller. “The names of the students were Darren Gregory, Wendy George, Amanda Crone, Steve Lovegrove, Alexandra Matyear and Justin Thornton.”

Twenty five years on, the mural is still on show as the backdrop for the dairy industry display.

Dr Roslyn Russell, an historian and museum consultant from Canberra, has recently conducted a survey for the Society, and will be talking at the anniversary celebrationabout the place of objects in memory keeping, the importance of stories to give them significance, and how the distinctive nature of Gerringong is reflected in the Museum.

The Museum building was erected by local members, with the help of local tradesmen, on land donated by Council.

Following the result of the Federal election, Society members are hopeful that it won’t be too long before long awaited plans to develop the Gerringong School of Arts site, including the Museum building, come to fruition.

“The School of Arts building is deteriorating and is barely used except for storage,” says Bobbie.

Architect’s plans were drawn up some time ago to restore the fabric of the School of Arts, then relocate the museum displays to the historic building.

The museum building would be replaced with new library and community facilities, creating a valuable new cultural and community hub for Gerringong.

While Council has not had success with grant applications in previous years, Gilmore MP Ann Sudmalis, just prior to the recent election, made a firm commitment of $1.25 million towards the scheme.

It is hoped the project will commence in the 2017/2018 financial year once the additional funding has been found.

Details: 10 September, 7.30pm, Gerringong Museum, Blackwood St. RSVP by Mon 5 Sept to gerringonghistory@gmail.com or ring Margaret on 4234 1127

If you know any of the mural artists, please contact Bobbie Miller on 0413 967 385

 

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