Murwillumbah Historical Society president Ron Johansen with other members and volunteers
Murwillumbah Historical Society president Ron Johansen with other members and volunteers

Society is now history in itself

THE Murwillumbah Historical Society has turned the tables and is delving into its own history.

Volunteers and members have researched the society's creation in 1959 in preparation for their 50th anniversary celebrations this weekend.

President Ron Johansen, who has been in the top seat since 1992, has been a member for “20-odd years”.

“The Murwillumbah Historical Society, originally known as the Tweed River Historical Society, was founded by the Tweed Shire Council and the Murwillumbah Rotary Club,” Mr Johansen said.

“The first meeting was held in the Jessie McMillan Hall in Wollumbin Street, and they had it in a few different places until 1984 when they got the museum as their first permanent home.”

The Queensland Road museum was previously the council chambers, complete with horse stables out the back.

“The original council meeting room with council table, chairs and public seating benches still take pride of place in the room now used by the historical society for meetings and a reading room,” Mr Johansen said.

The old brick horse stables have since been joined to the main building, creating another room and extra space for exhibitions.

The first item the society owned in 1959, a rattling bird scarer, will be on display for past and present members at the 50th celebration lunch this Sunday at the Murwillumbah Bowls and Sports Club.

“Members of the original group attending are Norma Newland and Dr Betty Marks.”

A model of planned extensions to the museum will also be on display.

* For more see tomorrow's Tweed Daily News 



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