Summer Newsletter 12
Our active volunteers have had a busy three months with an increase in the number of Coach Tours – approximately 130 bus visitors – and a delightful visit from Tintenbar Public School with 30 primary age children and their teachers. Some coach tours now also request a tour of the town as well as a tour of our museum and morning tea. Although this takes much organisation from our Tour Coordinator Anne Dinham and Catering Coordinators Brenda Salisbury and Kerry Hulm, our Museum and community’s history are well promoted.
On your next visit to the Museum you’ll notice a lot of change in the Breakwater Room. Over the past three months Gai Pritchett has worked consistently on expanding and upgrading the Yaegl First Nations Display. The local Yaegl people are one of 13 clans of the Bundjalung nation. Many thanks to Mardi Dunbar for her assistance and editing.This display now includes biographical information about significant Yaegl Elders, a timeline and the historic Native Title Determination decisions of 2015 and 2017.
To complement the images and text, we’ve been given permission by musician and sonic producer Blake Rhodes (who is now studying in Sydney) to play his soundscape for visitors. Blake created this music after a short period as a resident artist with us in late 2021 and his planned public performance was cancelled due to Covid.
Lions Charity Art Sale
Our thanks go to Yamba Lions Club for the presentation of $1,000 to the Society as part of the agreement in hiring the Old Kirk for their inaugural charity art sale in September/October. The Lions Club team encouraged many local artists to display and sell their artworks in order to raise funds for the Flood Relief.
In response to some suggestions, we’re going to maintain 3 members’ meetings plus the AGM for next year. Meetings will continue to be held on a Friday, but we’ll trial a new start time of 9.30am, with morning tea to follow at about 10.45/11am. This change in the timing of the meeting may suit more of you.
The format of the 2023 meetings will also offer a timeslot for members to raise and discuss issues important to them about the Society. In conjunction with emails advising of the date, there’ll be a call out prior to each meeting for suggestions of issues or ideas you would like to see discussed. You can of course email questions or concerns anytime for the management committee to address.
I regret to advise of the recent resignation from Committee of Graham Young and the withdrawal of volunteer services of Ann Scott. Both members have contributed tirelessly to the Society. Over the past few years in his role as Maintenance Coordinator, Graham has very competently managed and completed a number of infrastructure projects, including installation of the French doors and louvres for the Function Room, organising for emergency exit levers on four doors incorporating a new key system, external security lighting, installation of the Aboriginal flagpole, designing and building the new backsteps with handrail giving direct access from the carpark into the Flinders Room. Meanwhile, in her role as Membership Officer for many years, Ann maintained databases, contacted members, compiled visitor numbers on a monthly basis, and also worked for the researchers in labelling original photographs. I wish them both well in their new retirement phase.
Could you contribute as a Committee member?
We now have two casual vacancies on the Committee and are keen for members to become part of the decision-making. The Committee meets for 2.5 hours each month - 12 meetings per year. All aspects of the Society and Museum’s operation are managed by the Committee. If you feel your interests and skills could benefit the Society, I’d very much like to chat with you. Please contact me, Lesley Pickering: 0417 698 262.
Christmas lunch – Monday 5th December
We’d like to invite any member (and partner) to join Committee members for and end of year lunch at the Wobbly Chook in Coldstream Street (formerly Backpackers), following the last Committee meeting for the year on MONDAY 5th December, from 12.30pm. Please email your RSVP by 5pm, Sunday 4th December – firstname.lastname@example.org if you would like to reserve a seat. You can order from the usual menu – and pay for own food and drink.
Summer Holiday Closures
We will close Yamba Museum on Sunday 25th December and Saturday 31st December 2022. Depending on availability of volunteers, we may also close on Saturday 24 December and Sunday 1st January – New Year’s Day.
My warmest wishes to all members and their families for a safe and festive 2022 Christmas season.
Lawrence Chapter Meeting
Mould is the eternal pest! Lawrence Museum hosted the MA Far North Coast Chapter Meeting Friday 16th September with a special guest, Conservator Tegan Anthes, who carried out a Mould in Museums Workshop.
Tegan used diagrams and well documented notes to describe the cycle of mould, the various types of mould and how to identify it on objects. Then the all important methods of removing mould so the spores don’t float away and onto other objects.
Tegan covered personal protective equipment, response and actions for mould outbreak, assessment, stop growth and eradication.
Each attending museum was asked to bring along an item with mould for demonstration. Obviously after our floods earlier this year there were many items to choose!
Photo of two of Yamba Museum’s collection team, Jan Angelo and Brenda Salisbury treating a cricket helmet under the guidance of Tegan.
Successful '6&7' Art Exhibition
Ex Rugby Pals Make A Successful Splash Into the Arts
“Vibrant and exciting” were words used by almost everyone when asked to describe the 6&7 Art Exhibition in The Old Kirk, during October/November.
The opening attracted a crowd in excess of 100. Artists Graham Mackie and Reg Bryson combined their talents with a collection of modernistic landscapes using acrylics and photography. Gary McLean proclaimed, “You know these exhibitions are always going to be different and unique, and of course a great social event, the artworks are great”.
Graham and Reg are lifelong friends who grew up on Sydney’s north shore, and the ‘6&7’ refers to their positions on the field when they played 1st Grade for Macquarie University Rugby Club in 1972. Graham juggled his cricket career with his art studies, eventually teaching in secondary schools and Reg forged a career in advertising setting up Campaign Palace, Sydney’s most prestigious advertising agency and globally recognised. Reg’s first client was Taronga Zoo and he was the first to launch ‘Apple’ in Australia. 6&7 is Reg’s first Art Exhibition, “the thing that got me going was a course at Sydney School of Fine Art, Mosman. During the Covid lockdowns it gave me something to do, it’s therapeutic. When I start I never know how it’s going to end up.” Reg set himself a challenge to always have one painting on the go all the time, and sometimes two.
“Outstanding, bright and colourful, a good mix of styles. Excellent considering they were both rugby forwards (laughter).” quoted another guest. “Lots of vibrant colour, Reg has always been a bit talented, even when he was playing rugby he painted the walls in the Rugby Shed and has taken his talent to a new level here”.
“Absolutely fantastic, for Reg’s first exhibition its magnificent” Peter Muldoon remarked. Peter Lindeman advised “I quite like the bright colours, all the beiges are too dull”.
Other guests commented “a bit of a change for Graham Mackie, I like his new style, especially the infrared photography”
Rugby Commentator Peter Meares officially opened the show. An emotional Graham thanked Reg for his support over the years, especially during his early years at Art School, presenting Reg with two prints of his first advertising adverts - Taronga Zoo and Traction Wax.
The exhibition closed Sunday 20 November.
6 x 7 Art Exhibtion Opening Night
Last months mystery item revealed:
TOBACCO PLUG CUTTER
It is a guillotine cutter used to cut plugs of tobacco to put into your pipe.
These were significant tools for pipe smokers until self made, or manufactured, cigarettes began to dominate the tobacco sales market from the 1920's. Such cutters are a link to previous common means of consuming tobacco.
Can you identify this item? What is it and what exactly was it used for ?
Brooms Head Geology Excursion
During the past months Dr John Jackson led two Museum Member events with a very appreciative audience.
Dr Jackson's enthusiasm and knowledge had members focused on rock formations on a number of locations at Red Cliff and Brooms Head.
Many remarked " I'll never look at rocks the same again! " In fact those who attended will never
look at the ground underneath them in the region the same again now they understand the activity that
formed it millions of years in the making. Dr Jackson used some of his colourful artworks to tell the
story. The Brooms Head area is "unique in the world" clearly showing how the land was bent and
moulded under pressure. Dr Jackson has a new exhibition showing in December/January explaining the
geology of Scotland.
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