The Coffs Harbour Regional Museum Extends Hours for Holidays

Vanessa Brandy under the awning at the Museum on Harbour Drive.

 

HAVE you visited the Coffs Harbour Regional Museum to learn about our incredible past?

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It is a pleasant, relaxed and free way to while away some hours and with extended opening hours over summer you will be amazed at the historical collections from the region.

It is a family friendly Museum and holds a fascinating history of decades past.

The historical relics and items of Coffs Harbour are available to view by locals and visitors with extended hours from Tuesday through Saturday, 10am to 4pm, with loads of exhibits about the people, places and events that shaped the Coffs Harbour region.

“Whether you are a long-term local or new to the region, there’s so many unexpected things to spark your curiosity about Coffs Harbour,” explained Ms Vanessa Brandy, Museum Assistant.

“Heading into the holiday season, we ask locals to consider taking any visiting friends and family to the Museum to give them a richer insight into the area.

“It’s amazing how many locals haven’t visited our Museum,” she said.

Coming into summer visitors can relive the back-breaking days when fruit picking was the mainstay for the local economy before the transition to coastal tourism in the late 1950s.

The Bananas to Beautizone exhibition features quirky postcards, signs, fashion, photos and banana packing materials that will spark memories.

Meanwhile in the Maritime Room, visitors can explore living as a lighthouse keeper on South Solitary Island, historic happenings at the jetty and past shipwrecks from the coast.

Ms Brandy said, “My favourite piece in the collection are homemade water skis from 1960.

“My mother loved water skiing up the Bellinger River as a teen.

“I also love the Edison Phonograph from 1905; a Radio from 1930 and John Korff’s telescope!”

Ms Brandy started volunteering at the Museum in 2018 and applied her professional photography skills to shoot historic maps of the Coffs Coast.

“I loved seeing the old maps with the original names of suburbs and streets,” added Vanessa.

“There are also over 7,000 photos in the collection you can now see online.”

If you are unable to make it to the Museum you can go on a 3D Virtual Museum Tour at www.coffsharbour.nsw.gov.au/museum.

More of the Museum’s vast collection of objects, photos and maps are accessible online on Coffs Collections at http://coffs.recollect.net.au

 

By Sandra MOON

 

You will love the friendly atmosphere and welcome at the Coffs Harbour Regional Museum. Head along these holidays.

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