Farm­ing ex­hi­bi­tion opens soon

Matamata Chronicle - - News - By LAURA MCLEAY

The final touches are be­ing put in place for the open­ing of a new ex­hi­bi­tion at the Firth Tower Mu­seum.

Pic­tures are be­ing hung up, hay

bales placed for dec­o­ra­tion and ma­chin­ery pol­ished in the lead-up to the of­fi­cial open­ing of From Horse to Trac­tor – Farm Ma­chin­ery Through the Years on Satur­day, Fe­bru­ary 11.

Set up in the newly ren­o­vated Mark Madill Shed, a story is ma­chin­ery on dis­play.

Af­ter a short 10am open­ing cer­e­mony, the ex­hi­bi­tion will be open un­til 4pm.

Mata­mata His­tor­i­cal So­ci­ety vol­un­teers guar­an­tee it will be an en­joy­able day, and a cup of tea and cof­fee will be on of­fer.

Many of the vol­un­teers have been hard at work over the past five years putting the new ex­ten­sions into place in the Mark Madill Shed – orig­i­nally built in 1989.

New pieces of an­tique ma­chin­ery have been added to the for­mer col­lec­tion along with in­for­ma­tion boards and pho­to­graphs.

told through the

Ready to open: Barry Tim­ings and Bob Di­jk­man have been vol­un­teer­ing their time to help get the new ex­hi­bi­tion fin­ished in time for its open­ing.

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