On Sunday, October 30, the Oberon Museum will hold an Open Day to launch the recently completed Forest and Timber display. The actual pavilion was built using funds from a Foundation for Regional and Rural Renewal grant.

The display features a comprehensive history of the timber industry in Oberon with information posters, photographs, video productions, a range of timber cutting equipment, and wall displays provided by the Forestry Corporation and Borg. There are newspaper records from Timber Industry’s 50th anniversary back in 1993; John Ralls’ “saw gulleter” and Stan Rawson’s two man chain saw are on display, along with a number of older chain saws, axes and measuring equipment. Videos feature many of the local identities involved in the timber industry over the years, Mangan’s logging operations, the work done by the Forestry Corporation, and current operations at Borg’s factory.

There is so much to see! And that’s just in this one pavilion!

Visitors on the day will be able to see huge changes in the rest of the museum as well. The weatherboard cottage has been restored, the grounds have been reorganised to allow a focus on horse drawn equipment, much of which has been restored by the U3A “Rusty Restorers” working group, and the main museum near the entrance has undergone many changes.

This is an opportunity for locals to visit free of charge, participate in a free lunch, and discover what a gem your local museum is!

The official opening of the Timber pavilion will be at 11.30am and this will be followed by a BBQ lunch. Opening hours on the day will be from 10.30am to 3.30pm

For further information visit our website at http://www.oberonmuseum.com
or ring the Secretary, Pam Dellow, on 0418 671 754