The new shed for the Lawrence Museum is now a step closer, thanks to the Australian Lions Foundation and Maclean Lions, donation of $15,000.
Desperately needing more space to preserve and display larger exhibits, including agricultural and transport items, the Lawrence Historical Society began fundraising for the project in January this year.
Within a few months, members of the Maclean Lions heard about the project and applied for a Lions grant through the ALF.
Now, with the $15,000 grant approved, and project approved by Council, the Historical Society is ready to ‘turn the first sod’.
The timber and iron shed will be located at the rear of the museum. It is designed to be in keeping with the era of the Museum building, the former 2NR Broadcasting Station. The new shed will house the larger exhibits, including river craft, cedar flood boat, Gladstone skiff and also a variety of agricultural items.
The Lawrence Historical Society is grateful to the Australian Lions Foundation and members of the Maclean Lions for all their support in this project.
Lions Past District Governor Deyann McDonnell and members of the Maclean Lions were present to hand over the cheque to members of the Lawrence Historical Society.
Deyann explained “We are delighted to be able to support this project. It is important to preserve our local history, for this and future generations. The Lions organisation is about making our communities a better place to live work and grow.”.”
Robert Forbes, President of the Lawrence Historical Society, expressed thanks to the Lions for their generosity. ” Receiving this grant means we can now begin construction. We will be using all volunteer labour where possible, and sourcing as much recycled material as possible. We are still looking for old timber windows and doors, even a set of old garage doors. If anyone has any of these items they could donate, please call 0429 477 102.”
The Lawrence Museum is open on Tuesdays from 9am to 1pm and weekends from 1pm – 4pm.