Stake­hold­ers get thumbs-up for ‘good work’

Talk of the Town - - Business Forum - ROB KNOWLES

DED­I­CA­TION is im­por­tant when run­ning any or­gan­i­sa­tion, but it is due to this im­por­tant as­set that the Kowie His­tory Mu­seum (KHM) is run­ning on an even keel.

This was the mes­sage from trustee and chair­man Rob Crothall dur­ing his chair­man’s re­port for the year at the mu­seum’s AGM, held at the Ski-boat Club on Mon­day evening.

“We have had a good year at the mu­seum and for that I need to thank our cu­ra­tor, Yvonne Sur­tees, our trustees, our desk helpers, and our mem­bers and friends, all of whom have sup­ported us and, at times, spent con­sid­er­able time and re­sources on be­half of the mu­seum,” he said.

The KHM had good re­la­tion­ships with other lo­cal mu­se­ums, and this had been en­hanced dur­ing the year, Crothall said. KHM has been ad­vis­ing Kowie vis­i­tors to visit other mu­se­ums in the area, and it is clear some of the other mu­se­ums send peo­ple to the KHM.

The KHM also en­joys a good re­la­tion­ship with the Lower Al­bany His­tor­i­cal So­ci­ety.

Crothall said this was good for tourism in the area. Changes to the KHM con­sti­tu­tion were made last year in or­der to im­prove com­pli­ance and good gov­er­nance. Changes this year en­able a smaller quo­rum at fu­ture meet­ings, and it was unan­i­mously agreed to re­duce num­bers from a quo­rum of 20 mem­bers to 15.

“We en­tered into a lease agree­ment with His­toric Bathurst un­der which they take over the con­trol and main­te­nance of the His­toric Brad­shaw’s Mill,” Crothall said. “Of course, they have had de facto con­trol of the Mill for some years, but the lease for­malises the re­la­tion­ship. Own­er­ship of the Mill still re­mains with our Kowie His­tory Mu­seum.”

Crothall spoke of the “un­for­tu­nate thefts” that had oc­curred at the mu­seum over last year. The thieves made away with a lap­top and a desk­top – as well as Sur­tees’ hand­bag.

“In one case, the thieves smashed the door from the plat­form into the of­fice off its hinges, and I would like to thank Brian Ed­wards, who re­sponded im­me­di­ately, for de­vis­ing and im­ple­ment­ing a re­pair that will re­sist sim­i­lar at­tempts in the fu­ture,” Crothall ex­plained.

Les­ley Fut­ter joined the trustees dur­ing the year, tak­ing up the role of trea­surer as Gwyn­neth Crothall’s re­place­ment, and Crothall thanked her for her ef­forts.

Sur­tees her­self was thanked for her ac­quirng a num­ber of new ex­hibits by bar­ter­ing with col­lec­tors and oth­ers.

Mike Cole­man and Hen­nie Marais have re­signed as trustees due to per­sonal com­mit­ments.


PIC­TURE PER­FECT: Tony Mitchell was the win­ner of last Talk of the Town ES Young pho­to­graphic com­pe­ti­tion. He won R1 000 for the best photo of the week in a six-week com­pe­ti­tion

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