No room at the museum for our history
THE TWO austere armchairs the Queen of England and Prince Phillip sat in when they visited Casino in 1954 are squished between the display of the original Beef Week Queen purple cape and a 1920s pianola from Old Bonalbo.
Casino Folk Museum on Walker St is bursting at the seams with objects from the past, and each item has its own story.
There is Dr Small's dentist chair and the drill he revved up by pressing a foot lever.
A glass display case houses eggs of all shapes and sizes including enormous swan eggs.
There is a big propeller from Butler Airway's first flight to Casino.
Casino and District Historical society president Rob Moran opened the door to the red 1974 telephone booth that sits in the middle of the museum.
"They were very handy when you were coming home from the pictures of a night time and it started to rain," Mr Moran said.
"You could get inside and give a girl a cuddle while you waited for the rain to go,"
History takes up room and there is not a shelf or corner of the museum that does not have household or working items from the past filling it.
Prams, cylinder cup- boards, kitchen utensils and farm tools cover the walls.
The current former education department building is too small and poky.
"It was fine 52 years ago but we are overcrowded," Mr Moran said.
"We'd like a new building behind the drill hall."
The historical society members run, organise and display the museum items.
The society has 50 members, but would like a lot more, member Geoff Austin said,
The members plan to involve Museums Australia to assist with better ways to display museum items so people can touch them, and interact with history.
They have already checked out Beenleigh Historical Museum in Queensland to see how best to display items.
Member John Hendison said the museum was the "best kept secret in Casino".
"The history of Casino is in these four walls," Mr Hendison said.