Winter 2015

Newsletter of the ORM

Welcome to the latest edition of the Orange Regional Museum Newsletter.

Emmaville cottage – Interpretation panels
Exhibition panels are currently being developed to be installed by end of the month. The panels provide information on the relocation of the Emmaville Cottage, 19th century cottage life, the Farrell family history, the Narrambla estate history, and construction techniques for 19th century cottages.

Wentworth Main Mine
 Wentworth Mine continues to be a developed as a tourist and education facility work on the poppet head continues in order to allow visitors to the site to look down the shaft. A blacksmith is on site during open days held on the first full weekend of every month with last weekend seeing over 130 visitors.
Plans are underway to stage a recreation of a Lucknow picnic. Presented as part of the V
illages of the Heart project it will celebrate the history of the community picnics held regularly on the late 19th century.    Further information will be forthcoming.

Orange Regional Museum Concept Design presentation - April 30
The concept design for the internal layout and its thematic structure of the new Regional Museum interior spaces was presented to staff and community members by the Sydney based designers Freeman Ryan.  The discussion and feedback  generated is an important stage of the process of developing the final plans.

During museum construction, access for the Art Gallery and the Library is from the Civic Centre car park.

Orange Regional Museum Object Casting Call
A series of themed "casting calls"
are underway to identify objects that may be borrowed for the new Museum's exhibition program.  The next event will be held on June 20 calling for objects relating to the themes of surveying,  exploration, maps and early settlement (at 2.00pm) and gold, mining and prospecting at 3.30 pm. 
Previous meetings looked at objects relating to produce and cooking traditions, photographs and film collections, migration history and journeys to Orange.  The final meeting will be held on July 4 on objects made or used in Orange, and World War 1 and the home front in Orange.
A photo is taken of the object and if a story is available it is also recorded with the contact details of the owner. The information is then available to help with the development of exhibitions and  programs for the Orange Regional Museum.

From left, Terisa Orton, Alexandra Rezko, Elisabeth Edwards, and Phil Orton holding quilt made by Alexandra Rezko.

New Acquisition
Kerosene tin washing up dish
Made in Gilgandra by Abe Law for Agnes Wright (1925 - 2015) who lived in Orange,  the washing up dish was in regular use until the 1960s and is an outstanding example of the make-do attitude of country life. The kerosene tin is skilfully constructed by cutting the tin diagonally to form two chambers and edging with timber to reinforce and provide a safety for the user. The dish was donated to the Orange Regional Museum collection by Les Wright at one of the casting calls.

From left:  Kylie Winkworth and Les Wright recording the history of the kerosene washing up dish which belonged to his mother.

The Sustainable Collections Program 
Villages of the Heart: Pasture to Plate

Carcoar Hospital Museum – Farewell to Dr Rowland - February 22
An historic re-enactment of the farewell dinner for the local doctor in 1867 was held in the School of Arts. Presented by the volunteers of the Carcoar Hospital Museum, Jill Cole, Rhonda Bloomfield and Margaret Hahn, with assistance from Jacqui Newling, gastronomer, Sydney Living Museums,  great  care was taken to make every detail as accurate as possible to the original Victorian event.
The idea for the evening was developed as part of the Villages of the Heart collaboration with Sydney Living Museum, the program was designed to be a fund-raiser for the cost of renovation of the historic hospital building. The meal was prepared with local produce (some form the cook’s garden no less!) and a special eye to historical authenticity in the presentation and menu selection. To complete the experience the 60 guests came dressed in vintage costume.
 A highly successful evening with over 60 attending a night of  entertaining re-enactments of the original speeches with a five course Victorian menu. 
From left Margaret Hahn, Rhonda Bloomfield and Jacqui Newling attending the Farewell To Dr Rowland, dinner event,  Carcoar School of Arts.

Molong Museum – Cooking with Merle- April 27
CWA Celebrity cook, Merle Parrish, shared cooking tips and recipes for over forty people at a morning tea to celebrate the Packham Pear and its connection with Molong. Marie Hammond and Sue Milne, ably assisted by a small army of volunteers, presented the event which made it onto the local TV news the following week. Part of an ongoing program to celebrate the Packham Pear and its place in the history of Molong, Funding from public programs is assisting with the conservation of the museum building.

From left: Sue Milne, Jenny Maher, Marie Hammond and John Hammond with Merle Parrish (in the background on the left).
Opening of the Stage 2 & 3 of the Eugowra Museum –April 18
The extensions to the Eugowra Museum to house the Braveheart wagon and many other important local objects where opened by Andrew Gee, MP in front of an audience of 120 people. Ray Agustin, President and Margot Jolly, Sustainable Collections Project officer, spoke about the challenges of the project to extend the facilities and better interpret the collection.  The Sustainable Collections Program with the development and production of an interpretation panel.   

From left: Jeff Freeman, Elaine Cheney, Margot Jolly, Judy Smith, Jeanette Norris and Bob Roach, volunteers from Eugowra Museum at the opening of the Braveheart display
2015 Museums Australia National Conference – Sydney May 21-24
The conference started with the Regional Remote and Community Museums Day held at the Australian National Maritime Museum. The NSW Deputy Primer opened the event with a very impressive message delivered in Wiradjari language.  Keynotes were provided by Steven Alderton, Associate Director, Australian Museum,  Suesann Vox, Abbey Museum of Art and Archaeology (Caboolture, Queensland) , and Dr Sally Watterson, museum consultant.
Steven reaffirmed the commitment of the Australian Museum to working with regional organisations and extended an open invitation for regional organisations to ‘get in touch’. Suesann spoke on building audiences and making your museum ‘their’ museum, and Sally made a thoughtful appraisal of the considerable contribution of local government to the cultural life of communities.

For your diary

Regional Museum Network meeting and workshop – Friday 3 July
The Regional Museum Network meeting will be held in the West Meeting Room at 11 am – 1 pm followed by lunch in the East/West Meeting Room, Orange Regional Art Gallery. The agenda will include
  • Museums Open Weekend 8 – 10 May – de-brief
  • Conservation of WW1 Objects Workshops - July 16
  • Updates from the museums on planning
  • Orange Regional Museum – update on planning
Conservation Workshop - Caring for World War 1 objects
Thursday 16 July
10 am (for 10.30 start) – 3.00 pm
West Room, Orange Art Gallery
Numbers are limited and booking are essential.
The workshop presenter is  Teresa Werstak, paper conservator,  Museum of Applied Arts, Sydney.
It will cover the care, storage and display of a  broad range of materials, including photographs.
All participants are asked to provide the following by Friday June 26
  • An indication of the size and range of materials represented in your WW1 collection  (e.g an  estimate of how many and  what types of objects (medals, photos, diaries, leather or other materials)
  • What are the three most important things you would like to learn from the day
  • And a photograph of an object or two that you would like to discuss with the conservator on the day.
The information presented is applicable to any object of the same materials in your collections.

Australian Dress Register Workshop
This workshop will be held on the 12 August for museums with examples of significant dress in their collections. There is limited space and  priority will be for those volunteers who are prepared to complete an online entry for the Australian Dress Register website. Currently this includes Molong, Eugowra and Canowindra Museums.

Further details will be available closer to the date. 

Bookings for both of these workshops can be made by contacting  Rebecca Pinchin, 6393 8444

Orange Regional Museum Object Casting Calls
Bring your objects to the West Room, Orange Regional Gallery

Saturday 20 June  
  • 2.00pm  Surveying,  exploration, maps and early settlement
  • 3.30pm  Gold, mining and prospecting  
Saturday 4 July
  • 10.30am  Objects made or used in Orange
  • 2.00pm   World War 1 and the home front in Orange
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