Blasts from the past: check out the changes at the museum

Work has commenced on the restoration of the cottage and the committee is hopeful that this will be completed well before the end of the year.

In further news, the slab has been laid for the construction of a shed which will house a workshop as well as a timber industry display.

U3A group the “Rusty Restorers” have been busy restoring small items and larger pieces of museum equipment for well over a year.

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History being saved at the Oberon Museum

A NSW Government grant of $15,000 will ensure significant repairs can be made to the 1887 Oberon Museum Cottage. At present the 1887 Oberon Museum Cottage is falling into a state of disrepair and needs to be made weather proof to save it from the inclement weather. The project is quite complex because of the fragile nature of the cottage, but the planned works include the replacement and repair of damaged and rotted weatherboards, frame, roof and flashing.  The aim of the project is to render the cottage to a structurally sound state, make it weather proof, safe and accessible, protecting it for generations to come.

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Farewell to Ernest Robinson, a man who did much for our museum

OBERON District Museum members were saddened to hear of the recent death of Ernest Robinson, a major benefactor of the museum.

Ernest contributed much to the development of the Oberon museum. He attended the first meeting which set up the museum in 1989 and he remained a very active member for many years.

He donated the blacksmith’s shed in its entirety, organising its removal from Melville Park and its reconstruction in the museum grounds.

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Grants help with Museum improvements

The Oberon District Museum has been closed during the Covid-19 lockdown but much has been happening in the background.

The cottage, an important and popular display, has been in need of repair for quite some time. Museum President, Col Roberts, is pleased to announce that an application for funds under the Community Building Partnerships has been successful, and now essential maintenance repairs can be carried out on the cottage. These will be a great boost in keeping the building weatherproof and structurally sound.

Another grant application for two machinery sheds last year was also successful and hopefully construction on these will begin in the not too distant future.

And while regular working bees have been suspended over recent months, two members, Sue Roberts and Janet Gidley-Baird, have been working hard to sort, identify and re-organise the museum’s huge collection of old bottles – a mammoth task that is almost complete. To that end they are on the lookout for unused fish aquariums – of a reasonable size – which can serve as great display cabinets for things such as old bottles. If anyone is prepared to donate an aquarium, that is in good condition, the museum would be very grateful.

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Oberon District Museum streetscape has a new border

Following a grant from Create NSW, the Oberon District Museum is happy to announce the installation of a glass protective barrier around the 1930s streetscape which was built by a group of seniors at the Oberon Day Care Centre back in 1989.

The streetscape is one of the key showpieces of the museum, and the committee is delighted with the extra “touch” added by the glass borders.

With another grant from the Foundation for Regional and Rural Renewal, the committee is planning to erect two sheds within the coming months for equipment which is outside in the weather.

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