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New Iluka History Group president Bob Carr and outgoing president, Marcia Hunter, discuss the intriguing story of the rescue of ‘The Examiner’ after it was beached at Iluka on May 7, 1872. The history group is seeking information both on the refloating and the painting, which is on display at the Iluka Museum. For more information or to provide information on ‘The Examiner’, contact the Iluka Museum’s coordinator, Janet Hauser, on 6646 6673 or 0407 627 892. Image: Contributed.

Iluka’s history in wise hands

New Iluka History Group president Bob Carr and outgoing president, Marcia Hunter, discuss the intriguing story of the rescue of ‘The Examiner’ after it was beached at Iluka on May 7, 1872. The history group is seeking information both on the refloating and the painting, which is on display at the Iluka Museum. For more information or to provide information on ‘The Examiner’, contact the Iluka Museum’s coordinator, Janet Hauser, on 6646 6673 or 0407 627 892. Image: Contributed.
New Iluka History Group president Bob Carr and outgoing president, Marcia Hunter, discuss the intriguing story of the rescue of ‘The Examiner’ after it was beached at Iluka on May 7, 1872. The history group is seeking information both on the refloating and the painting, which is on display at the Iluka Museum. For more information or to provide information on ‘The Examiner’, contact the Iluka Museum’s coordinator, Janet Hauser, on 6646 6673 or 0407 627 892. Image: Contributed.

Chris Richards

Marcia Hunter, one of the foundation members of the Iluka History Group (Inc) and its president in recent years, handed over the reins to Bob Carr at the recent AGM.
Marcia has always been interested in history.
“It always fascinated me – it’s all about people, places and interesting things that happened,” she said.
“We used to collect what we could and record it in the hope we would one day have a museum.”
Teaming up with Doreen Cupitt, the pair became the guardians of Iluka’s historic artefacts, storing and preserving the many valuable historic items.
Museum coordinator Janet Hauser paid tribute to Marcia’s time as president and for her role in providing the groundwork for the rapidly expanding museum.
Marcia is staying active in the history group as Bob Carr’s vice president.
Other office bearers elected were: Janet Hauser (secretary and museum coordinator); Doreen Cupitt (treasurer); Ruth Dawson (minute secretary); Marion Kurz (public officer); Ken Salter (auditor).
Col Hennessy stated at the meeting that the previous 12 months have possibly been the best year yet for the history group.
Five new members attended the meeting and several others have indicated their intention to join.
The group’s next meeting will be at the museum at 1pm on Monday November 21; prospective members are welcome to attend.
Following the meeting, the committee will be holding discussions with Libby Newell, the museum advisor, who is employed by Clarence Valley Council.

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