More vis­i­tors stop­ping by

Biggen­den His­tor­i­cal So­ci­ety been kept busy as pop­u­lar­ity is on the rise

Central and North Burnett Times - - LOCAL NEWS -

THE Biggen­den His­tor­i­cal So­ci­ety has ex­pe­ri­enced an in­crease in vis­i­tors to its com­plex due to car­a­van­ners and trav­ellers pass­ing through the town.

At their an­nual meet­ing, pres­i­dent Chris­tine Holder said the year had been busy and suc­cess­ful for the so­ci­ety.

“We are cer­tainly for­tu­nate to have some ex­cel­lent vol­un­teers who open the mu­seum reg­u­larly,” she said.

“Do­na­tions have been wel­come as well as in­ter­est­ing, from a 1950s-style kerosene heater, a set of Lis­ter span­ners, an old horse-drawn mud scoop as well as ex­tra equip­ment from the Biggen­den Hospi­tal.”

Ms Holder said the so­ci­ety was for­tu­nate to have a bene­fac­tor do­nate money for fenc­ing around the mu­seum.

“This not only en­sures more se­cu­rity for our ex­hibits, but en­sures that un­su­per­vised chil­dren will not have easy ac­cess to the grounds to climb on ex­hibits and pos­si­bly in­jure them­selves,” she said.

“The sewing room from the old hospi­tal is al­most com­plete.

“Un­for­tu­nately the so­ci­ety was un­able to ob­tain other rooms due to fi­nan­cial re­stric­tions and lack of in­ter­est and help.”

Guest speaker Jane McDon­ald also spoke about her ex­pe­ri­ences tour­ing through the British Isles.

The com­mit­tee for the com­ing year is pres­i­dent Chris­tine Holder, sec­re­tary/trea­surer Eleanor Liston, vice-pres­i­dent Ron Holder, his­to­rian Ray Cook, main­te­nance co-or­di­na­tor Clar­rie Har­vey, cu­ra­tor Estelle Har­vey, as­sis­tant cu­ra­tor David Cook and pub­lic­ity of­fi­cer Den­nis Gib­son.

Photo: Erica Mur­ree

AN­NUAL MEET­ING: Pres­i­dent Chris­tine Holder (cen­tre) with guest chair­man Gail Gauld (right) and sec­re­tary/trea­surer Eleanor Liston at the an­nual meet­ing of the Biggen­den Hospi­tal So­ci­ety.

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