Community News

Maclean District Historical Society

Members of the Maclean District Historical Society wish to thank Maclean Lions Club for their recent generous donation. Purchase of conservation material and Mylar envelopes are on-going items, so this donation will extend our ordering. We hope the Lions enjoyed their recent visit to our museum. From Museums and Galleries we also received a grant which will help with conservation, particularly of photographs. From Ron McDowell we received a schoolboy rowing trophy, made by J. B. Walsh, a well- known teacher and rowing coach. Also donated was an illuminated address for the first fishing inspector as well as a set of ear syringes from a local doctor’s surgery which are now in the hospital display. Members were represented at the 50th Harwood Bridge celebrations at the Harwood Hilton where a very comprehensive photographic display and display of memorabilia was on view. Delegates attended the Chapter meeting held at Alstonville where the main topic was conservation of metal and techniques for conservation presented by a representative of the Power House Museum, Sydney. For the month of August, three very large banners about World War 1 have been on display. This was a project organised by the Grafton Regional Gallery. These were very impressive. Internally two major projects are being undertaken. The huge Mick O’Reilly photo collection is being digitised and catergorised by Bob Carr. Carol Cameron is busy collecting information about rowing on the Lower Clarence for a future publication. Ruth McAulay is busy reading on microfische and collecting relevant information from news items re rowing. Often other interesting news items are found while this research is going on. Researchers are kept busy with requests for information. Covered in the recent report: information has been collected re requests for a map of the soldier settlement at Turkey Island; Ethel Susan Cox, post mistress at Maclean 1934-1943; Spicers, Flatley, Weirs, Jardine and Mitchell families – the list is very extensive. Come and join us and experience the interesting research work.