Bulahdelah Historical Society celebrates Australia Day

LOCAL HISTORY: Nigel Weeks, Frank Horwill and Rodney Ireland at the Historical Society’s Australia Day Celebrations.
LOCAL HISTORY: Nigel Weeks, Frank Horwill and Rodney Ireland at the Historical Society’s Australia Day Celebrations.

LOCAL history was the theme of Australia Day celebrations held at Bulahdelah Court House Museum last week.

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Hosted by the Historical Society, community members and visitors toured the museum and enjoyed a feast of barbecued snags, Anzac biscuits and lamingtons.

A knowledge of all things Australian was tested in a round of trivia before the museum was transformed into a cinema.

Classic Australian films including Aunty Jack and Blinky Bill were screened in addition to others put together by society members featuring images of the local area.

Society President Kevin Carter said the Court House Australia Day celebrations have become a tradition.

“We’ve been doing it for over 10 years now, it is a great opportunity for people that we don’t normally get inside the museum to come and have a look,” he said.

“We’re profoundly proud to be Australian and our collection is basically of our local area, all Australian and without a doubt a great display of Nationalism.”

Mary Ireland, Joyce Mason and Shirley Martin view the displays at the Courthouse Museum.
Mary Ireland, Joyce Mason and Shirley Martin view the displays at the Courthouse Museum.

Mr Carter told News Of The Area the Historical Society is all about conserving and preserving local history.

“We’ve got a couple of hundred films, lots of PowerPoints about the area as well as many artefacts and photographs,” he said.

“All our photography has been enshrined into movie slideshows which can be projected, it is more interactive than having to read or look through an album and creates a sense of interest and belonging to the history of the community.”

Mr Carter said the society is thankful for a small amount of funding provided by MidCoast Council which enabled the successful celebration to occur.

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