Queanbeyan’s living history celebrated

EVEN as Canberrans pat themselves on the back for turning 100, Queanbeyanites are celebrating their 175th birthday.

Queanbeyan Museum

Queanbeyan Museum

The local museum and historical society will be marking the anniversary with a project devoted to hearing “truly local stories” through an oral history project run by volunteers, who have so far interviewed 10 people.

Local people have also lent precious objects, memorabilia and photographs to display at the Museum with the new exhibition that will be launched by oral historian Mary Hutchison at the Museum’s Open Day on Saturday, September 7 for History Week.

The Open Day will be from 11am  to 4pm  and will be a relaxed event,  with the launch of the new oral history exhibition at noon.

“Some of the interviewees are coming to accept their transcripts and share stories and a cuppa with us”, said project leader and Society President John McGlynn, adding, “history is about people and their stories as much as about politics and government.”

The objects on display include a hand made doll’s cradle handed down through the family of Queanbeyan Players stalwart Norma Roach.

Eric Rawlings, who was a stalwart of the Queanbeyan Waratahs, has donated a cricket blazer patch and Tom Mavec, who taught at Queanbeyan High School and was a Queanbeyan City Councillor for many years has lent the museum a “cute” item. As well, historical photographs and family memorabilia will be on display.

Come along and join us and have look at the other museum displays, which tell Queanbeyan’s story in the hidden gem that is Queanbeyan Museum.

Queanbeyan Museum Open Day, 10 Farrer Place Queanbeyan, Saturday, September 7, 11am  to 4pm. The Museum is normally open 1-4pm  every Saturday and Sunday.


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