Narrandera’s Parkside Museum turns 50 this year and a morning tea was held on Tuesday to celebrate the efforts of the museum committee.
A presentation was also held to welcome people to the museum and to congratulate the committee on their hard work. Councillor Barbara Bryon was the MC of the event.
“Today we’re actually celebrating the 50th anniversary of the committee. The 50th anniversary of the building as a museum is in four days’ time. So, party animals that we are, we’ll have another celebration for that,” she said.
Mayor Neville Kschenka opened the proceedings. “Narrandera has a rich history, going back to the first people of our land as well as European settlement.”
“The museum has something for all; schoolchildren, who come here to learn more about the history of the shire; visitors who travel through the town, and local people keen to engage with the history of Narrandera,” he said.
“I would like to acknowledge committee member Roy Wade, who has shown his dedication to the committee for the past 50 years. I’d also like to commend Geoff Sullivan for his time and effort to the Parkside Museum Committee. Thank you both for your hard work and effort over the years,” Cr Kschenka said.
Long-serving committee members were presented with a certificate of appreciation from current Parkside Museum President Graham Minchin; Lyn Browne for 23 years of service, Geoff Sullivan for 40 years of service and Roy Wade for 50 years of service.
Mr Minchin also offered his thanks to some of the guests present; Cr Kschenka and Hank and Michael Lyons. “I’d also like to thank Dr H O Lethbridge, who started the museum.”
The Parkside Museum has its fair share of indigenous artefacts and Mr Minchin presented Mr Michael Lyons with a grinding stone from the collection.
“I think I might get the grandkids using this; we can grind up some wattle seeds and make wattle-seed icecream,” Mr Lyons said.
“I noticed that you didn’t have a didgeridoo in your collection, so I’ll donate a didgeridoo.”
According to Cr Bryon, there are plans afoot to consolidate and rationalise the Parkside Museum’s collection to better showcase the history of the Narrandera Shire – although as Barellan already has its own museum, it will be a little light on the history of that particular corner of the shire.