Image above: ‘Emma’-  1926 Chevrolet Superior Tourer, loan courtesy Dave and Larna Perry, Fridges and washing machine, Orange Regional Museum Collection, donated by Electrolux, ‘King Billy Pye’ Breastplate, loan courtesy Eugowra Historical Museum and Bushranger Centre and Shepherds’ Watch box, loan courtesy Gamboola.

News from the Orange Regional Museum Autumn 2017

Welcome to the latest edition of the Orange Regional Museum newsletter. The newsletter is a way to keep you informed of forthcoming events, openings and current programs.

Ephemera Collections 

When we think of museums and their collections, our first thoughts are often of ancient cultural relics, glittering valuable treasures and wonders from far-flung exotic places. Often, it is the everyday items, those not created as a treasure or used by the elite of society, and may not be considered very old at all, that can hold strong connects with visitors. Some of my favourite pieces in the Orange Regional Museum collection are those classed as ephemera...Read More
Orange Regional Museum Collection, ORM2017/10
Orange Regional Museum Collection, ORM2017/11

What's On at Orange Regional Museum

Don't forget to book in for our next public lecture, A day in the life of Cobb & Co, 11 Mar
School Holiday Program: Rolling Railways 
Wed 19 Apr – Fri 21 Apr 2017
Sessions: 9.30-10.30am and 11.30-12.30pm
Orange Regional Museum 

Make your own mini stream train and help us build the tracks from Blayney to Orange as we travel back to 1877 at Orange Regional Museum.

Bookings essential, limited numbers
P: 6393 8444 or


Family Friendly: Picnic at Wentworth
Sun 30 Apr, 11am-3pm
Wentworth Main Mine, Lucknow

Celebrate the Lucknow picnic, originally held in the 1880s at Wentworth Main Mine. A day suitable for the whole family to explore Wentworth Mine and learn a little bit more about life in the 19th century.

Entry $2 per adult, children, students and pensioners free
Bookings required

Wentworth Mine Open Days

The next Wentworth Mine open weekends will be Saturday 4th and Sunday 5th March 10am-2.30pm and Saturday 1st and Sunday 2nd April 10am-2.30pm. Discover the story of goldmining at Lucknow, from its early stages in the 1850s, until its closure in the 1950s.

More information

Public Lecture: A day in the life of Cobb & Co
Sat 11 Mar, 2pm-4pm
Orange Regional Museum

Presentation by Heather Nicholls on the contribution of the legendary coaching firm of Cobb & Co to the transport history of the central west.
Bookings required, P: 6393 8444 or

Public Lecture: Eugene Von Guérard and the life of a miner
Fri 12 May, 5pm-8pm
Orange Regional Museum

The Australian career of the great landscape painter and traveller, Eugene von Guérard (1811-1901), began in 1853, in what was then one of the most exciting places on Earth – the Ballarat goldfields. In his pocket-sized sketchbooks, in drawings and in a written diary he recorded, in meticulous and revealing detail, every aspect of life on the diggings and its rapidly changing natural environment. Drawing on new research Dr Ruth Pullin examines how von Guérard combined the precarious and itinerant experience of living and mining on the goldfields with laying the foundations for his artistic practice in Australia.
Bookings required, P: 6393 8444 or
Visitors attending public lecture on Wiradjuri history and culture, presented by Dr Michael Bennett, 16 Feb 2017
Students from Red Bend Catholic College investigate the history of gold at Orange Regional Museum, 20 Feb 2017

From the Collections Officer

Cataloguing our region’s collections has been the focus of the first months of 2017. Work is ongoing with a fantastic group of volunteers who catalogue Orange Regional Museum’s collection. A host of wonderful new acquisitions donated by members of the public have really gown the collection, providing further insight into our past and ensuring their conservation for future generations to enjoy. Plans are also underway to commence cataloguing the small collection of tools and equipment at the Lake Canobolas Pump House and the very large collection at Wentworth Mine, Lucknow.

The importance of documenting our local collections has been proved with the work recently undertaken to compile the local component of the soon to be arriving ‘Spirit of Anzac Centenary Experience’ – a travelling immersive exhibition displaying objects from the vast collection of the Australian War Memorial in Canberra...Read More

Learning at the Museum

Bookings now open

To coincide with the new exhibition Journeys: people place stories Orange Regional Museum are offering a range of curriculum based learning programs designed to provide students with a hands on understanding of the history and landscape of Orange, the region and Australia. Programs are targeted at stages 1-3 but options are available for secondary groups.

More information and how to book for your class can be found on at
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