Museum to celebrate 50th birthday with Australia day festival

AUSTRALIA: Glen Innes' 2017 Australia Day Committee wears its patriotism on its sleeve.
AUSTRALIA: Glen Innes' 2017 Australia Day Committee wears its patriotism on its sleeve.

After fifty years in the business, Glen Innes' museum has learned a thing or two about teamwork.

When the Land of the Beardies museum hosts our Australia Day celebrations, it will also celebrate its fiftieth birthday.

Museum manager Eve Chappell was there for opening day - Australia day 1970.

She said the trick to longevity for them has always been simple.

"It's always been team work," she said.

"Since then teams of people have just built on what the others have worked with."

A massive illuminated address kept by the Glen Innes museum.

A massive illuminated address kept by the Glen Innes museum.

When the Land of the Beardies history house took over the historic Glen Innes hospital the society couldn't have known how vital the institution would become.

"So many organisations come to us come to us wanting the history of things that have happened.

"We store the history of Glen Innes here; we've got three fireproof rooms and a container.

"We've got all the old minute books. We've got 33,000 photographs.

"We're the repository for the town's history. When you think of what's happened with the fires, these things have been saved. We've got all the copies of the Examiner and that's where the history of Glen Innes is reported."

The Museum plans to open the Jeannie Ross Fraser memorial medical wing in the old converted hospital on their 50th birthday.

The Museum plans to open the Jeannie Ross Fraser memorial medical wing in the old converted hospital on their 50th birthday.

The nation's big day in Glen Innes will feature a massive antique car rally, antiques appraisals, stalls, music and more.

Eve encouraged attendees to dress for the occasion, donning period costume - "whatever sort of period costume you like".

They will also open the Jeannie Ross Fraser memorial medical wing in the old converted hospital. The new display will honour a foundation member and also offer modern patients used to 21st century medicine the technology and conditions of the past.

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