Spring Newsletter 11
Volunteer of the Month - Barbara Whale
Barbara and Gary Whale moved to Yamba in the 1980s having lived in Woodenong and Kyogle for some years with their children, Jonathon and Caitlin. As Gary was offered a job as the English and History teacher at Maclean High School they decided Yamba would be a perfect place for the family.
It was in the late 1980s when both Barbara and Gary became members of the Society participating in many projects. Barbara helped with catering, volunteering at the front desk and the library as well as being part of the decision making process of naming the old Presbyterian church when it was moved to the Museum site.
After much discussion and Barbara's suggestion it was decided on calling the building the Old Kirk. When funding became available Barbara and Sally Huxtable took on the project of choosing colours suitable to paint the Museum and Old Kirk and after much deliberation chose, with the committee agreeing, the present colours. Barbara became very involved with the establishment of the gardens surrounding the Museum culminating in the Yaegl Cultural Garden where natives were planted. As Barbara was busily involved in many activities at the Museum Gary took part in researching aspects of the Museum history. He also organized and led very successful and enjoyable 'Ghost at the Wedding' Tours all based on the book by Shirley Walker. Barbara is now a Life Member and lives in Yamba.
Welcome New Members
Thankyou to our new members for becoming part of a small, but fun Museum. We look forward to meeting you at one of our events.
Julie Turner, Nerida McLennan, Ruth Williams, Jenny Hadimioglu, Ann Strambi, Tony Griffiths and Jude McBean
A WELL DESERVED LIFE MEMBERSHIP PRESENTED TO OUR JUDI GREIG
It was with great pride President Lesley and Anne Dinham, awarded Judi Greig with Life Membership for her 15 years of volunteer service to the Museum. Mayor Ian Tiley presented Judi with a picture of Yamba's early lighthouse as Judi and her husband were avid sailors. Judi welcomed visitors to the museum for many years and put in place meticulous training for new front desk volunteers. Now retired from duty we all wish the very best for Judi in her coming years.
St James School Visit
The Museum hosted an enthusiastic school visit during NAIDOC Week from young students of St James Primary School in Yamba. They viewed the Yaegl Elders Portraits with some of the Yaegl Elders. They also experienced the museum displays and it was amusing to hear their comments when viewing
the "very old" items! However the train was their favorite.
A wonderful moment during the NAIDOC Week celebration when Kerri McLeay sang a Yaegl song accapella. Her beautiful voice moved the crowd.
Yamba Lions Club Charity Art Show
Yamba Lions Club has taken the initiative to assist those who suffered during the
recent devastating floods by raising funds from a Charity Art Sale in the Old Kirk. Click on the here to read more from the Lions Club website.
Exhibition: 24 September - 7 October
GRAHAM MACKIE HAS NEW UPCOMING EXHIBITION
Anne Dinham leads the Historical Walking Group 8:30-9:30am Thursday mornings, weather permitting. Participation for PYHS members is free, with a $2 donation to the museum payable for itinerant or visiting walkers. Contact Anne on 0408738116 or email: email@example.com for current departure point. Optional after walk cuppa at own expense.
Gai Pritchett -Vice President, Lesley Pickering - President, Kerry Hulm -Treasurer,
Anne Dinham - Secretary
Phil Cousemacker -
YOUR 2022-2023 PYHS COMMITTEE
Two more committee members are Jan Angelo and Jude McBean who are absent from the photograph.
Thursday 8th - Brooms Head Geology Excursion. Social event with Dr John Jackson, 10:30 am-3:30pm
Friday 16th - Chapter Meeting at Lawrence, 9:30am
Saturday 24th -Friday 7th October, OLD KIRK. Lions Charity Art Sale
Launch by invitation from Lions Club Friday 23rd September
Friday 4th - Brooms Head Excursion Social Event with
Saturday 5th - Coach Tour
Sunday 6th – Coach Tour
Monday 7th – Committee mtg, 9am
Sunday 20th – Close Mackie and Bryson Exhibition
Monday 3rd – Committee Meeting 9am
Friday 7th – Close Lions Art Sale
Wednesday 12th – Coach Tour
Friday 14th – Members Meeting, 10:30am
Wednesday 19th – Coach Tour
Friday 21st – Launch Mackie and Bryson Exhibition
Saturday 22nd October – Opening of G. Mackie’s 6&7 Exhibition. Launch Fri 21st. 5:30
Friday 28th - G.Mackie Art Workshop 9am-12noon
Monday 5th – Committee Meeting 9am
Sunday 11th -Xmas High Tea 8am-2pm OK & FR
Tuesday 13th – Sunday 15th January – Dr John Jackson exhibition (set up Mon 12 Dec) Launch TBA
Nowadays many people visit Yamba because of the beautiful sandy beaches on offer. Yet about a hundred years ago residents were contemplating leaving the town as sand encroachment threatened to bury their houses.
In 1926, concerned residents approached Harwood Shire Council to rectify the sand menace threatening to engulf ...
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