Spring 2015

Newsletter of the ORM

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

Orange Regional Museum

Construction of the Orange Regional Museum is progressing well, it is estimated that the construction will be completed in December this year.  Freeman Ryan delivered the Orange Regional Museum Concept Document in May 2015; however implementation of this exhibition concept plan is dependent on funding.  It is proposed that whilst the museum and its supporters continue to seek funding towards the permanent exhibition, a low cost temporary exhibition will be developed to open when the Visitor Information Centre opens in April/ May 2016.

The exhibition will reflect the particular museology that has evolved through ORM’s previous exhibitions and museum programs: a contemporary well designed exhibition, developed in collaboration with its partner museums, with opportunities for participation, and stories about people, places and objects.  The exhibition include will include audio visual material, public programs and will be curated in house and developed over the next 6 months.  The temporary exhibition will provide opportunities for community engagement and public programs around the themes of museum building and collections.

For updates on the progress of the construction and news of museum projects and activities from around the region visit the Orange Regional Museum Facebook page.

Meeting with the Orange Aboriginal Elders – trip to Dubbo and Wellington 15 September
A group of 8 Aboriginal elders visited the Survivors exhibition in Wellington and the Western Plains Cultural Centre in Dubbo. The Elders Group enjoyed the experience and the aims of the trip were to inspect exhibitions on the ways of interpreting local Aboriginal culture.  The Museum has been working with the Local Aboriginal Lands Council towards the inclusion of Aboriginal History and Cultural in the museum.

Villages of the Heart

Youth Arts Festival – October 9 – 18, 2015
The Orange Youth Arts Festival is a Canobolas Rural Technology High School initiative to provide young people with the widest possible range of opportunities. The ten day event features both a school and community program of workshops and activities involving dance, music, painting, photography, theatresports, film, cooking, calligraphy, martial arts, drawing, public speaking, theatresports, drumming and story writing. 

The launch of youth digital storytelling will  be held during the festival.  The launch will focus on the development of short films documenting oral histories of the region, through interviews with local residents of all ages and cultural backgrounds.  The launch will be held on Saturday 17 October, West Room, Orange Regional Gallery at 4.00pm.

This festival engages a number of partners, including local schools, businesses, government bodies, NGO’s, and a host of community organisations unite in the spirit of the 2015 festival theme ‘Celebrating Youth Arts & Culture.’ For further information see contact Vince Lovecchio or 0407 454 832.

Museum staff are currently developing a brief for a consultant to undertake a History of Food in Orange and District.  This project forms part of the Villages of the Heart; telling rural stories = paddock to plate concept.  More information will be forwarded at a later date.

Regional Museums Network Meeting – Update
The Regional Museums Network Group held regular bi-monthly meeting on 3 July and 3 September. Feedback on the inaugural 2015 Villages of the Heart Museums Open Weekend held in May was shared and a consensus decision made to proceed with planning for a similar event in 2016.  A date of 2/3 April was set and the incorporation of a Food Theme to showcase the work of the From Paddock To Plate project.

A suggestion for a future workshop was to assist the regional museum to digitally copy images.  The ORM will seek opportunities for a workshop to cover this request, but may also include copyright and other issues concerned with digital technology.  Further information will be provided as it comes to hand.

The Sustainable Collections Program 
Recent Workshops

2016 MAAS Curator Site Visit and
Advice has been received that an application for a one day curator visit and workshop by staff from the Museum of Applied Arts and Science on developing new and enhancing existing exhibitions has been approved in principle. a date for the workshop will be negotiated for next year and will be advertised via the Regional Museums Network group.

Conservation Workshop – Preserving World War 1 Memorabilia – 16 July
Teresa Werstak, paper conservator, Museum of Applied Arts and Science, provided a lively overview of preventative conservation techniques for paper, photographs, medals and other objects with World War 1 provenance. Comments from the participants indicated it was a relevant and useful day -
Great variety of activities and problems to be discussed
Most useful and relevant – wish it could have been longer
Very very useful
A fantastic learning experience – really useful

Documentation workshop - Australian Dress Register – 12 August
Rebecca Evans, assistant curator and Kate Chidlow, Conservator, from the Museum of Applied Arts and Sciences were joined by Lindie Ward, freelance fashion and textile curator, for a day learning how to bring clothing to life, dressing wire mannequins, object photography and documentation of dress.  Several highly significant items were identified in the local collections including the Water rat skin cloak from Eugowra and on a site visit the following day to the Orange Historical Society premises, a 1920s lady’s jodhpurs.

Chinese Heritage Thematic Study – Orange, Cabonne and Blayney
A thematic study of the Chinese people in the Orange, Blayney and Cabonne shires is underway. There were sizeable Chinese communities in Blayney, Molong and Orange, to name three towns. Orange had its own Chinese quarter, and several towns, including Orange and Canowindra, had Chinese temples. Traditional functions such as Chinese New Year were often celebrated.
Barry McGowan and Genevieve Mott, the authors of the study would like to talk to any person who has recollections of the Chinese in their local communities and to descendants of the early Chinese settlers. They would also be grateful if people could make available for photographing, any collections of Chinese artefacts and other memorabilia. They are very keen to make available these wonderful local histories to the people of the Orange, Blayney and Cabonne Shires.  To date they have documented remains of local Chinese market gardens, ledgers showing payments and goods sold to Chinese scrub cutters and evidence of water races. If you have information you would like to share please contact Alison Russell

Aboriginal History - Cabonne and Blayney
Aboriginal Study – NTSCORP have been engaged to conduct an Aboriginal Study of Blayney and Cabonne Council areas.  Michael Bennett the lead consultant has been talking to the Local Lands Council and Historical Societies of the district to obtain information, photographs and objects for the study.  It is anticipate the study will completed early in 2016.  The Orange Aboriginal Heritage Study undertaken in 2016 will be consolidated into this report, providing a report for 3 council areas. If you would like to provide information or wish to contact Michael please email Alison Russell.


Millthorpe Golden Memories Museum
The Golden Memories Museum and Millthorpe township were featured in a recnet6 addition of the Sunday Telegraph. Great free publicity for the museum it also gave a run down on the town’s food and scenic attractions.
Emmaville Cottage

A five part series shown on ABC - Restoration Australia featured Emmaville Cottage  It covered the threat from developers, the local community of Orange banding together to save the 150 year old cottage. Broadcast at 8:30pm Tuesday 29 September 2015. Published 1 week ago, available until 9:32pm on 3 November 2015. File size 290 MB, you can view it on iview if you didn't catch it.  It's worth a look.


Orange Regional Museum Fund Ltd

The Federal Government announced a grant of $4m towards the Orange Regional Museum in 2014 with a further $1m to be raised by the community for the purpose.  The Orange Regional Museum Fund Ltd is a small company formed to raise the remaining funds for towards the construction of the Orange Regional Museum purpose.

The Company has contracted Campaign Director Mr. Andrew Baulch, whose task is to raise the $1 million through donations from businesses and private citizens in Orange and district.
At present approximately $300,000 has been raised. Andrew is optimistic that the balance can be raised before the museum opens.

Upcoming Fundraising Event
Electrolux has donated seven refrigerator doors to assist the fundraising project.  This is a special project to acknowledge the legacy of the Electrolux whitegoods factory in Orange. Each door fridge door has been decorated by a well-known artist from Sydney and Central west artists. They will be auctioned at:-

Cocktail Party on Friday 23rd October in the Canobolas Hotel Ballroom
Commencing at 5.00pm – 7.00pm
Contact Andrew Baulch for further information on 0412265344

All proceeds from the auction will assist with the fit out of the new Orange Museum Regional Museum.

To view the fridges on line  check out


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