Clarence River His­tor­i­cal So­ci­ety

The Daily Examiner - - LIFE VALLEY ROUND-UP -

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.

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