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Briggs Gem Col­lec­tion

The Briggs Gem Col­lec­tion looks as if it has, at long last found its home.

More than two years ago the Yar­ra­wonga Mul­wala His­tor­i­cal So­ci­ety inc be­came the own­ers of the residue of the long-lost Briggs Gem Col­lec­tion pre­vi­ously on dis­play at the tourist in­for­ma­tion cen­tre.

Af­ter many hours of te­dious and filthy work, me­thod­i­cally through lay­ers of dirt and de­tri­tus the pieces were brushed, cleaned and iden­ti­fied.

Thank you to Kevin Evans and friends for the re­con­structed dis­play ta­bles how­ever the pur­chase of four glass cab­i­nets has ab­so­lutely put the Gem Col­lec­tion into the top-class cat­e­gory.

The up­mar­ket dis­play units now give the pieces a huge vis­ual im­pact to the im­por­tance of the Briggs legacy to the peo­ple of Yar­ra­wonga and Mul­wala.

They will be well re­ceived by both vis­i­tors from far and wide once the mu­seum ad­ver­tises the fact that the Dean and Mya Briggs Col­lec­tion is again on show for you – the lo­cal com­mu­nity.

I hope this will hap­pen at the 150th cel­e­bra­tions of the sur­vey­ing of our town­ship this week.

Parts of the mu­seum are per­haps look­ing tired, how­ever I ven­ture to sug­gest that the pur­chase of four more glass units will give the whole col­lec­tion the pro­tec­tion, safety, fo­cus and the im­pact it war­rants and de­serves. We have long awaited this beau­ti­ful dis­play. I be­lieve it to be a very unique and valu­able col­lec­tion of which the Briggs fam­ily will once again be de­servedly very proud.

Visit the mu­seum to see them for your­self. Your faith­fully, Noel Hunt.

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