Hats off to Tim

Heather Trevaskis with the famous Akubra worn by former deputy Prime Minister and Boree Creek resident Tim Fischer. The hat will form the centrepiece of an historical collection at Lockhart. Image: Kieren Tilly.

Akubra hats, a bowl full of mobile phone and a tractor all encompass the Boy from Boree Creek, Tim Fischer.

The family man, farmer, Deputy Prime Minister, ambassador, and ex-serviceman will soon have his professional political life showcased in a dedicated gallery at the Greens Gunyah Museum, in Lockhart.

Incorporated into the former Billabong Motors site beside the museum in Urana Street, the display will give an insight into the man himself.

Mr Fischer has donated one of his Akubra hats, the one worn during his time as the Australian Deputy Prime Minister. Lockhart and District Historical Society president Heather Trevaskis assures political history fans that the hat comes “complete with sweat.”

Mrs Trevaskis said the plan to buy and develop the former car dealership began in 2015.

“Tim was on the initial committee to purchase the Billabong Motors site,” she said.

Initially the display area for Tim Fischer’s mementos was a small room.

“However Tim had more items he wanted to donate we decided to give him a larger space to accommodate them,’’ Mrs Trevaskis said.

The Tim Fischer room will be complimented by a static display of the museum’s machinery and vehicles including a tractor owned by Mr Fischer. Mr Fischer’s families’ period gramophone is just the tip of the display, with the walls containing information and images of his political career, a number of colourful train related paintings will also be found.

According to Mrs Trevaskis, Mr Fischer has always had a fascination for train travel and had done a great deal to restore the romance of rail.

In what some regard as quirkier relics of Mr Fischer’s political career, Mrs Trevaskis offers up a bowl overflowing with mobile phones.

“This is his collection of every mobile phone he used whilst he was in parliament.”

“Tim Fischer’s legacy is that he tried his best to improve New South Wales and Australia, I see this display as a snap shot of his life.”

“People will look at the good things he has done, he was there to be of service to the community, he has not been a big city business man turned politician but a genuine down to earth person.”

An opening of the new museum wing including Tim’s exhibition is expected to occur in early May this year, followed by a grand opening in October.

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