Every item tells a story

IT'S hard to find an aspect of Wingham life not displayed inside the walls of Wingham Museum. There are displays on music, fashion, sewing, sport, school, farming, aero planes, railway, military, medicine and more.

With the vast amount of displays, comes a vast amount of historical items.

Each item tells a story, with the museum's volunteers the story tellers.

Walking around the museum with president of Manning Valley Historical Society Barbara Waters, she points out particular items which may have gone un-noticed.

When entering the home collection in the kitchen Barbara presents a corn husk mat.

"It looks like a common, small mat but a conservator that came to the museum actually said it is one of the museum's most unique items," said Barbara.

With closer examination, it is revealed the mat was made by two local ladies Mrs Brewer and Mrs Stewart by plaiting maze, possibly in the 60s.

Also in the kitchen area is a curious looking object - a 1920 Metters Revolving Pantry.

The pantry is circular, and boasts numerous compartments.

Barbara said the pantry was gifted as a wedding present in 1929. She said with this year being near the end of the great depression, the present would have been considered an expensive purchase.

The music room has three pianos, with one telling a humorous story.

In the 1870s, the piano on the right, was to be delivered from Ireland to local family the Andrews.

After making the voyage from across the seas, the piano fell into the Manning River just one mile from the family's property.

A bed belonging to the Andrews family also sits in the museum's home collection. The bed with a white crocheted blanket on top, has a mattress made of straw.

In the room past the home collection, in the significant collections area houses the Sutherland Mineral Collection, the Frederick Murray Bird Egg Collection and the William Garlin Taxidermy Group.

In one small room of the museum, the story of the artefacts are told you by voice over - this is the story of Indigenous bush ranger Jimmy Grovernor.

Jimmy was captured by farmers in Bobin in 1900, and executed in 1901.

After being detained in Wingham this section contains the gaol door of his cell.

The machinery shed in the museum, covers aspects like dairying, crop planting, harvesting, working animals and timber.

The model hydro sawmill is a highly popular item in this section. Another popular feature of the museum is the history timeline of the Manning River.

Barbara said people also like to look at the museum's books and come in to research their family.

"We ask they go on their website fill in research requests, so we can know exactly what people want to find," said Barbara.

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