September 2014

Newsletter of the ORM

Opening of Anzac Memorial Orange, 1923

Welcome to the latest edition of the Orange Regional Museum Newsletter advising of the latest events and news. 

There has a lot been happing and a lot planned with the Orange Regional Museum program.

Museum and Heritage Support Officer appointed
It is with pleasure that I announce the appointment of Ms Rebecca Pinchin as the Heritage and Support Officer.  Some of you would know Rebecca from her role at the Powerhouse Museum
as to  Regional Services coordinator which involved working with regional museums and local government agencies to undertake collections projects, develop public programs and exhibitions, coordinate stakeholder engagement, manage a program of workshops, internships and fellowships providing support and training for volunteers, tertiary students and professional staff. 

Rebecca will commence work with Orange City Council on 13 October 2014.  She comes at a very busy time, but I am sure that we can organise a Regional Network Meeting so you have an opportunity to meet Rebecca.  Rebecca will be working on Council's heritage and museum program providing administrative and project support on a range of Programs including the development and implementation of the Orange Heritage Management Strategy and the Orange Regional Museum Strategic Plan including; the Sustainable Collections and the Villages of the Heart Programs, the Local Heritage Assistance Fund, Wentworth Main Mine and Emmaville Cottage.
World War I
A new heritage walking trail brochure was launched to co-inside with the 100th anniversary of the outbreak of WWI.  The brochure provides a guide to Orange sites that commemorate those who fought, those who paid the supreme sacrifice and legacy of war.
Almost 2,000 service men and women from the Orange District enlisted in the First World War.
The brochure includes a walking trail map which begins at the Visitor Information Centre and is estimated to take about 45 minutes just for taking in the memorials located close to the city centre. 
In total there are nine key points of interest: Sir Neville Howse Memorial, Cenotaph Robertson Park, Holy Trinity Church Steeple, Soldier’s Memorial Hall, Memorial Avenue - Bathurst Road, Lone Pine Memorial, Orange General Cemetery, Gateway Park, and Newman Park.
For more information about work being done by the WWI Centenary Community Committee go to and there is also a Facebook page to keep you up to date

Wentworth Mine
The past two months have seen Orange and District Historical Society facilitate a series of tours and talks at Wentworth Mine, Lucknow.  Tully Richards and Peter Schmich lead the first tour and talk session with Professor Warren Sommerville, Associate of the Australian Museum who lead the speaking 2 weeks ago. 

Upcoming talks at Wentworth Mine are scheduled for 5 October and 2 November with guest speakers Lawrence Sherwin, Geologist with the Geological Survey of NSW and will be speaking on the geological heritage of the Central West Geological sites with significant heritage value in Orange and the surrounding districts and Kevin Capnerhurst, Senior Geologist Databases with the Geological Survey of NSW and will be speaking on Treasure Trove – the historical current records of mining in Orange and surrounding districts held on the Geological Survey of NSW databases.

The tour commences at 11.00am, people are asked to meet at the Poppet Head inside the site at 10.45am.  Cost for the tour and talk is $5.00.   Wentworth Mine Site requires a medium level of fitness; it is a 300 metre round trip with approximately 30 steps on gravel surface.
Bookings are essential – contact Phil Stevenson, Orange and District Historical Society on 0402 412 188 or email Parking is available at the picnic area adjacent to the Wentworth Main Mine on Emu Swamp Road.    
Anyone wishing to join the group for a coffee prior to the guided walk can do so at the Two Fat Ladies before the event from 10am and after at the Goldfields Tavern for lunch from  1.30pm.

Visitors to Wentworth Mine for the tour and talk sessions hosted by the Orange and District Historical Society.

The Sustainable Collection Program 

The SC Program with assistance from the Program Officer, Margot Jolly has been quietly working away on a vast array of projects.  These are

Documenting the Orange Health Services collection; this includes collections from Bloomfield Hospital and the Orange Base Hospital Collection

The group began cataloguing in November 2013. There is a team of four volunteers who work with Margot in Sun Lodge each Mondays from 10 am to 2 pm.  The team has progressively been working through the two dimensional objects in the Museum which include images, posters and books.  In recent weeks the group have been working on some medical equipment and objects from some of the trade workshops.
To date 458 items have been catalogued with all objects catalogued are also listed in a register. The majority of objects have been photographed.
Some of the significant objects catalogued are: early plans for the site including sections and elevations from 1925, some of these have already been digitally recorded; evocative portraits of patients taken by a Bathurst photographer, some very early mental Health texts and a timber walker, possibly made on site. 

Over the coming months Statements of Significance will be developed for some of the more significant items in the collection.

Orange and District Historical Society

Margot has been providing assistance and advice to the Orange and District Historical Society and is assisting with a review of the collection which involves inspecting and advising on provenance and relevance to the collection. 

Electrolux Collection

With the closure of Electrolux eminent by 2016, the company contacted Council in an effort to document the collection that they hold on site.  Email/Electrolux holds a significant place in the history of Orange and for past employees and the community.  Aims of the project are to protect significant heritage items, recognise the work of generations of employees, and record the memories of employees and the community. 

Margot will be meeting with key Electrolux staff and past workers next week who will be assisting with the documentation of the collection. 

The Macquarie University Field School

Orange City Council will again host a field school for Macquarie University 2-3rd Museum Studies Students,  The students will be in Orange from Tuesday 23 September - Thursday 24 September and will be working on a variety of programs.  Margot Jolly will be overseeing the work with the students during their field trip.  They will be working on:-

Education kit for Wentworth Mine
Collection Management - catalogue Orange Show Society collection
Interpretation of Emmaville Cottage

Villages of the Heart: Pasture to Plate

Stage 2 of Villages of the Heart in 2014-5 will focus on a key theme in the research – ‘From Pasture to Plate’, about the produce, food and culinary history of region and its villages and people.  This will include researching food related collections and traditions, and public programs in partnership with Sydney Living Museums. Subsequent stages will develop new exhibitions in participating museums, education programs and public art initiatives.

Participating Museums have all shown an interest in developing programs that can be implemented to attract and engage visitors. Programs are planned at Canowindra, Molong, Carcoar, Yeoval, Blayney and Millthorpe over the coming months.  The Orange Regional Museum kicks off its public programing with 2 events to be held as part of the Villages of the Heart program.  

Gastronomy in the Museum: interpretation and programming through food
24 October 2014
The Master class is aimed at anyone working in museums.

Jacqui Newling, resident gastronomer and assistant Interpretation curator from Sydney Living Museums is presenting a Museums’ Masterclass, Jacqui runs SLM’s Colonial gastronomy public programs, a series of workshops, talk-taste-tour experiences and historical dining events; she co-curated Eat your history: a shared table exhibition at Museum of Sydney (September 2013- March 2014), is ‘the Cook’ in The Cook and the Curator historic food blog Jacqui is working with Villages of the Heart program with Orange Council and Central NSW Museums.
In this full day interactive program, participants will learn to develop interpretation concepts from their museums’ food-related collections and local community heritage, themes and stories. The masterclass has a strong focus on audience development and advocacy through activating the museum experience through visitor engagement, education and public programming.
VIM Grants: Participants are encouraged to submit an application for a Leg Up Grant. Two participants are eligible to attend on the one application.  Go to the M&G NSW website for more information.
Bookings are available through or Alison Russell on 63938170 by 7 October 2014 and are essential. Cost is $30.00.
Further information: or email
NB - The Australian National Field Days and Wine Week are held on this date, if you are having trouble with accommodation, please contact Alison.
This project is proudly supported by Arts NSW, Orange Blayney and Cabonne Councils as part of Villages of the Heart; telling rural stories.

Join colonial gastronomer, Jacqui Newling from Sydney Living Museums to discover
the food and wine enjoyed in the late 1800s, with tastings inspired by historic menus. Stephen Doyle from Bloodwood Wines will offer a more contemporary look at local wine styles.
This is an Orange Regional Museum fundraising event.  A wine auction will also be held on the evening.
Saturday 25th October 5.00pm -7.00pm CWA Hall, Byng Street, Orange
Tickets $66.50 from
Further information can be obtained by contacting Alison Russell 6393 8170 or
Image: Vaucluse House kitchen, Sydney Living Museums. Photo © James Horan


Turning of the first sod for Orange Regional Museum
The new Orange Regional Museum gained the final stage of planning approval on Monday 25 August 2014 from the Western Region Joint Planning Panel.  The museum’s total budget of $8 million includes a $4 million Federal Government grant, NSW government support of land for the project worth $1million, $2 million from the council and $1 million from community fund-raising.
The prospect of a sod-turning ceremony in the near future will be announced when a date is confirmed.  

Orange Regional Museum

The vision for the museum is to be a vibrant cultural hub where the rich history and heritage of the city and region is valued and celebrated through the dynamic programs developed by the museum. The museum will provide high quality exhibitions, both in house and travelling, and document, research, collect, conserve and interpret significant objects and collections.  It will also provide educational opportunities for all ages and advice and support the work of the community museums in the region as is already undertaken through the award winning Sustainable Collections Project.
The past decade has seen a great deal of community consultation with the community supporting various themes for exhibitions and programs in the new museum. The themes connect with the region’s history and will support the concept for the exhibition of Our Place, Our Town, Our People. 
Themes are:
  • Aboriginal history and culture of the Orange region, past and present
  • Exploration and settlement of Orange and surrounding villages
  • Mining in the region, particularly gold and significant gold mining sites such as Ophir, Lucknow, Wentworth Mine and Cadia
  • Evolution of the environment and landscape of the Orange region, including water themes and issues
  • The built environment of Orange; public buildings, homes and gardens, and items associated with significant heritage places and villages
  • Wool, orchards, agriculture, food, wine and culinary history
  • Council’s works and services, particularly parks and gardens and water
  • Transport and communications in the region
  • Heritage objects made, designed or improvised in the Orange districtNotable people, local businesses and social, community and cultural organisationsMigration heritage objects and storiesOrange Sporting Hall of Fame and significant items of sporting history associated with sporting clubs, facilities and notable individuals.
A consultant will be engaged in the near future to assist in the development of the content for the exhibition.  Research of all primary and secondary research material information, identification of key images and objects based on the key themes will form part of this consultancy. 

There is still a large amount of work to be undertaken in developing the exhibitions for the Orange Regional Museum. In 2014 it is anticipated that further research will be undertaken on the Chinese in the region and the recording of Aboriginal Elder stories.

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