Stories are everywhere at Wingham Museum

IT'S hard to find an aspect of Wingham life not displayed inside the walls of Wingham Museum.

There are displays on music, fashion, sewing, sport, school, farming, aeroplanes, railway, military, medicine and more.

With the vast amount of displays, comes a vast amount of historical items.

Each item tells a story, with the museum's volunteers the story tellers.

In the kitchen area is a curious looking object - a 1920 Metters Revolving Pantry.

The pantry is circular, and boasts numerous compartments.

The pantry was gifted as a wedding present in 1929 and as this year was near the end of the great depression, the present would most likely have been considered an expensive purchase.

The music room has three pianos, with one telling a humorous story.

In the 1870s, the piano on the right, was to be delivered from Ireland to local family the Andrews.

After making the voyage from across the seas, the piano fell into the Manning River just one mile from the family's property.

A bed belonging to the Andrews family also sits in the museum's home collection. The bed with a white crocheted blanket on top, has a mattress made of straw.

In the room past the home collection, in the significant collections area houses the Sutherland Mineral Collection, the Frederick Murray Bird Egg Collection and the William Garlin Taxidermy Group.

In one small room of the museum, the story of the artefacts are told you by voice over - this is the story of Indigenous bush ranger Jimmy Grovernor.

Jimmy was captured by farmers in Bobin in 1900, and executed in 1901.

After being detained in Wingham this section contains the gaol door of his cell.

The machinery shed in the museum, covers aspects like dairying, crop planting, harvesting, working animals and timber.

The model hydro sawmill is a highly popular item in this section. Another popular feature of the museum is the history timeline of the Manning River.

For a fascinating journey into the past visit the Manning Valley Historical Society Museum on Farquhar Street, Wingham.

The museum is open daily from 10am-4pm. Admission $5 adults, $1 children or $10 a family.

Online at www.manninghistorical.org.