Living Museum puts spotlight on foundations of Evans Head

A NEW exhibition at the Evans Head Living Museum highlights the core foundations of the town and is aptly named the Seven Pillars Exhibition.

The seven themes include World War II, Aboriginal History and Culture, Natural History and Conservation, Fishing, Mining, Sport and Agriculture.

"There is a rich history here and, as an example, in sport we have four world champion rowers come from Evans Head as well as world-class waterskiing," Evans Head Living Museum president Richard Gates said.

CHAMPION WATERSKIIER: Bill Grenfell in action during his hey day.
CHAMPION WATERSKIIER: Bill Grenfell in action during his hey day. Evans Head Living Museum

"Bill Grenfell was the local Woodburn policeman and he represented waterskiing in the world championships."

Betty Grenfell, Bill's widow, and their daughters Sue Davies, of Armidale, and Leanne MacDonald, of Broadwater, were at the low-key opening of the exhibit.

"I don't mind (Bill) being part of this exhibit," Mrs Grenfell said. "Many more people get to see him."

Mrs Grenfell shared the story of how she and Bill would make their own skis that needed bolts down each side.

When a friend saw her working on the skis, he commented that she was a great help to Bill. "Oh yes," she replied. "I am his personal nut-tightener."

Dr Gates said a long-term goal was to find a bigger space for the museum.

"We are on the job of making sure there is a new museum in Evans Head," he said. "We would like a proper facility and display areas that all this material deserves."

The exhibition is currently open to the public Monday, Wednesday and Friday 9am-1pm or by appointment.



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