Clarence River Historical Society
Since the successful launching of Sheila McLennan’s latest publication “Glen Innes to South Grafton”, last July, sales have been so strong that additional prints have been ordered. The Book contains many stories of early happenings of the early days on the “old” Road. As many people have come forward with further stories of the old Gwydir Highway, Sheila has decided to write another book. She welcomes any further stories. Anyone who thinks they have worthwhile contributions are asked to leave them at Schaeffer House, which is open-Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Sunday.
The present display at Schaeffer House features the history of the Cordial Factories of Grafton. Many items of memorabilia of Hensons and Zietschs dating from the late 1800s are featured as well as Zubers from post Second World War, and Southians and Clares from the 1800s. The Cordial Factories of yesterday were an important part of the commercial life of Grafton and the Clarence River and were considerable employers.
They even had their own bottles.
In 1966 Schaeffer House was purchased by the then Grafton City Council as a permanent home for the Clarence River Historical Society so that the vast historical collection would be preserved. At the time of purchase Schaeffer House had been converted into several flats and the building and grounds were in poor condition. Council restored the House to it’s original condition before the collection was transferred.
This would have, no doubt, greatly pleased the original Committee of the early 1930’s—who were R.C. Law, H.C. Maxted, W.A. Zuill, Joseph Reid, V.Schwinghammer, H.B. Waterhouse, R.C. Braithwaite, John Ried, W.Steverson, H.G. Robinson and Mayor W.T.Robinson.
Recents gifts received include Child’s aluminium tea set of 1933, Morse code set 1928/29, collection of bowling badges, Billy tea advertisement on a tin, two Honour Boards from Grafton Oddfellow’s Hall listing volunteers of the First and Second World Wars, a Grimley’s chamber pot from the boarding house which used to be next to Walker’s Hotel, South Grafton, two pairs of gold rimmed reading glasses, two Pedigree dolls, Diana and Sarah, Regalia and New Testament Prayer Book of Masonic Lodge of NSW.