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Some of the many items which are on display at the 1960’s exhibition; the exhibition is currently running for a limited time only, at Schaeffer House Museum, Grafton. Images: Marta Fergusson

Schaeffer House travels back to the 60s

Lynne Mowbray | The Clarence River Historical Society Inc (Schaeffer House Museum) in Grafton is currently running an exhibition of 1960’s memorabilia. The 1960’s was the beginning of a new era around the world. For most of the decade the Vietnam War dominated the news. It was the beginning of the ‘hippie’ and ‘flower power’ era, the Beatles released their first single ‘Love Me Do’, American President John F Kennedy was assassinated, Martin Luther King Jr gave his famous speech “I have a Dream”, Dr Christian Barnard completed the first heart transplant, and the decade finished with the first man landing on the moon. Here in Australia; the ‘Crown of Thorns’ star fish had begun to ravage the Great Barrier Reef, a woman was fined for being unsuitably dressed for wearing a bikini on Bondi Beach, the Beatles toured Australia, Lake Burley Griffin in Canberra was officially opened, Sir Robert Menzies resigned and Harold Holt succeeded him as Prime Minister of Australia – Harold Holt disappeared the following year while swimming at Portsea VIC, Joh Bjelke-Petersen became Premier of Queensland and leader of the Country Party and Prime Minister Gorton announced the phased withdrawal of troops from Vietnam. The 1960’s exhibition at Schaeffer House will transport you back in time with the fashions of the day along with other memorabilia depicting life as it was back in the 60’s. All items on display have been donated by members of the Grafton community, who were living here in the 1960’s. This exhibition is only on for a limited time, so don’t miss this opportunity to step back in time and rediscover the 1960’s. Schaeffer House is open Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Sunday from 1pm – 4pm and is located at 190 Fitzroy Street, Grafton; phone: 6642 5212.