ORIGINAL MEMBERS: Ken Hardy, Hilda Hardy, Richard Gates, Lisa Roxburgh, Roz Redwood, Marie Humphrey, Lil Colless, Joy Sivertsen, Barry Tarver, Christine Taylor and Margaret Saul.
ORIGINAL MEMBERS: Ken Hardy, Hilda Hardy, Richard Gates, Lisa Roxburgh, Roz Redwood, Marie Humphrey, Lil Colless, Joy Sivertsen, Barry Tarver, Christine Taylor and Margaret Saul. Contributed

Museum’s 10th birthday

THE Evans Head Living Museum & Community Technology Centre Inc. celebrated its 10th anniversary two weeks ago with a dinner at the Evans Head Surf Club.

The local SPAR supermarket prepared an excellent dinner for the occasion, which was enjoyed by guests including members from Brisbane and Canberra.

Those who were there from the beginning cut a 10th birthday cake donated by Second World War veteran member Joy Sivertsen to recognise 10 years of service to the community.

A 700-picture slide show reviewing the 10 years of operation was shown at the birthday bash. The show generated lots of tears and laughter.

The museum has seven major themes including the Second World War history of Evans Head, natural history and conservation, Aboriginal history and culture, mining, agriculture, sport and fishing.

The museum collection includes an extensive photographic record and many interesting artefacts including a WAAAF dress uniform in perfect condition which is now listed on the National Dress Register.

In its 10 years of operation, the museum has held many exhibitions, supported conservation projects such as Bitou Bush clearing from the Dirawong Reserve, played host to the Annual World War II Veterans Reunion, supported theatre and the arts in the area and made a photographic record of many significant events including Anzac Day commemorative services and a recent RAAF and Marine Rescue exercise.

The museum is also the official museum manager for the recently acquired F-111 which is coming to Evans Head later this year.

The museum played a critical role in the application process.

The current exhibition, Stories Behind The Headstones, tells in large poster format the individual tales behind those who lost their lives during the Second World War while at Evans Head and who are buried in the Evans Head War Cemetery.

"We are always on the lookout for volunteers," museum president Dr Richard Gates said.

"We have a great crew on board but there are lots of additional specialist tasks to do which need willing hands and brains.''

How you can check it out

The museum is open Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 9am to 1pm and at other times through appointment.

The museum is part of the eduONE online education series available to the public free of charge.



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