Great Lakes Museum
C O L L E C T I O N S
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|Interior view of the main museum building|
The Historical Society was given the National Bank building at Forster which was to be replaced. The building had to be cut in half and transported across the bridge over Wallis Lake. It was relocated to Capel Street, Tuncurry in September 1976 where the Society had been given a block of land which was owned by the Department of Lands. The building was put in place, given new blocks and rejoined to become the main museum building.
During the 1980s considerable work was carried out by the members of the Historical Society to convert the Bank building into a museum with the main themes of timber-getting, ship building and fishing. There are many tools, photographs and models associated with these 3 industries which were the main industries of the pioneer families.
The museum was opened to the public on 5 April 1987 during Heritage Week. Initially it was opened on Sunday afternoons and in January 1993 it was also opened on Wednesdays 10am to 2 pm.
During the 1990s the Society acquired a Pioneer Cottage, the old Tuncurry School building, the Tuncurry Police lock-up. a ship's mast which was converted into our flagpole and a working windmill. All these donations were refurbished and on 21 November 1992, Stage 2 of the museum was opened to the public.
With the later addition of a Machinery Shed to house a display of industrial and rural machinery, a barbeque, covered picnic area and landscaped grounds, the museum has become an interesting and pleasant place for visitors.
Update 2912: The main display space is being expanded to house a growing collection of ship models and to incorporate a multimedia display. On July 16th the Museum launched a new website at:www.greatlakesmuseum.com
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