Spring Newsletter 11
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to our new website. By using a special function in Wix (our service provider), newsletter
editors Gai Pritchett and Sally Huxtable are now better able to manage the content and
offer a more interesting viewing experience, such as looking at small videos. Phil
Cousemacker and Denise Patten have worked tirelessly on assisting our editors take
advantage of this facility; it eases the workload and presents a much more interactive
version for us all. As well, for the Society’s benefit there is a range of other applications that
allow easier ways of communicating with members. We’ll be gradually accessing other
functions in future months.
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At the AGM on Friday 12 August a new committee for 2022/2023 was elected. My thanks to Mayor Ian Tiley who acted as Returning Officer and spoke briefly about the high esteem in which the Society is held. We filled 10 of the 11 positions, with 9 previous members continuing and two retiring – thanks very
much to Bev Mansfield and Glenis Kerr. Bev will continue as the Roster Officer, organising
volunteers for shifts at the front desk, while Glenis will assist on managing the Bookshop.
There’s one new committee member – a warm welcome to Jude McBean, who may be
known to many as the former Director of Grafton Regional Gallery. Now residing as a Yamba
local, I’m sure Jude will be able to inform committee decisions from her years of gallery and
New Backsteps and rail from carpark
We’ve almost finished our long job list of infrastructure projects with the completion by
Graham Young and John Marcus of the steps and handrail that give easier access from the
carpark to the Flinders Room. This is a bonus for many active volunteers who are oftencarrying bags of items/books etc from their cars into the museum, often in heavy rainand/or windy conditions. We are still waiting on the installation of an awning to protect the back door.
Naidoc Flag Raising
Take a moment to view the Naidoc Flag Raising ceremony held at the museum.
NAIDOC Week 2022 opened with a great ceremony at Yamba Museum on Monday 4th July. A gathering of Yaegl Elders, Museum volunteers and the general public celebrated the strengths and resilience of Aboriginal culture.
MC and renowned Yaegl artist Frances Belle-Parker hosted the event, encouraging Elders to speak on this joyous occasion. Her opening words called for change: “We all must continue to Get Up! Stand Up! Show Up! for systemic change and keep rallying around our mob, our Elders, our communities. Whether it’s seeking proper environmental, cultural and heritage protections, Constitutional change, a comprehensive process of truth-telling, working towards treaties, or calling out racism - we must do it together.”
Frances also acknowledged those guests who had led change, “the heroes and champions of change, of equal rights and even basic human rights.” Many of these champions featured in the photographic Yaegl Elders Portrait Exhibition ‘Keeping Our Stories’ in the Old Kirk in July.
Society President Lesley Pickering proudly informed the crowd of the Museum’s efforts in getting the installation of a second flagpole for the Aboriginal flag and gave a brief description of the flag’s history and its symbolic significance. The inaugural hoisting of the Aboriginal flag at Yamba Museum, flying proudly in the Yaegl Cultural Garden, was managed by Auntie Elizabeth and Ferline Laurie, with Councilor Karen Toms and Lesley supporting.
This respectful event created a camaraderie and joyous recognition of culture, none more so than the acapella song sung in Yaegl by Kerri McLeay.
Aunty Lois Birk Aunty Veronica Pearce Aunty Lenore Parker
Kay Cottee Inspiring Stories
Remarkable - Stories of Australians and their boats
Australia's history is populated with maritime related stories. With over 1,000 rivers and a coast that stretches for more than 36,000 kilometres, it is no surprise that Australia abounds with stories of people who have lived and worked on the water. This exhibition presented some of those stories, exploring the remarkable connections between people and their boats.
Remarkable, created by the Australian Maritime Museums Council (AMMC) and the Australian National Maritime Museum, provides an opportunity for regional audiences to hear national and local stories.
From the 34 stories nominated by maritime museums and heritage institutions around Australia, 12 of the most compelling stories were selected to feature in the exhibition. Including local identities and boating stories etched into our Clarence River history.
"After a period of drought, bushfire, Covid-19 and floods the chance for regional communities to enhance a national exhibition with their own content is a great opportunity for outreach and community development. It gives affected communities the chance to share their stories both locally and nationally", said Tanya Bush, Acting Director of the Australian National Maritime Museum.
Woven into this exhibition are local heroes, including Kay Cottee, and boating stories of the Clarence River. Kay generously gave two well attended talks about her epic solo voyage. Kay donated the ticket fare to the Museum.
Remarkable -Stories of Australians and their boats is on an 18-month national tour across regional Australia. All 34 submitted Remarkable stories are available now on the AMCC website in a digital archive at Blog Posts.
The project has been assisted by the Australian Government's Vision of Australia program.
Can you identify this item? What is it and what exactly was it used for ?
Last months mystery item revealed:
This object was the relay used at telegraph receiving stations particularly those operating on long connecting lines. A polarized relay incorporated a permanent magnet in its design - because this type of design depended completely on magnetic effects. It was faster and more sensitive in operation than a non-polarized relay which incorporated a mechanical return spring.
Warwick Hoad is advising on the long awaited review of surfing stories including internationally known local personalities such as David 'Baddie' Treloar.
MEMBER SOCIAL EVENT - GEOLOGY EXCURSION
Dr John Jackson has generously donated his time to lead a full day excursion to explore the geology of Red Cliff and Brooms Head area. This event, held on Friday 9th September, booked out quickly. However, Dr Jackson is looking at further excursion on Friday 4th November. Watch out for an email from Anne with details about booking the next excursion.
The bus will leave Yamba at 10:30 sharp, please be at the
museum no later than 10:15am.
First stop will be Red Cliff where we will walk around
while Dr Jackson explains the geological formations,
rocks, and history of the Tasman Sea.
The bus will leave this area at 12:30 then onto
Brooms Head Kiosk opposite the beach for a lunch break.
Members are able to purchase their lunch
( their hamburgers are famous! ) Option to bring your
Another walk will take place before the bus leaves for
Yamba at 3-3:30pm.
Please wear covered walking shoes and if you are
unsteady on your feet we suggest a hiking pole or
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