Museum on the hunt for answers after collection
AS a small museum and a general rule, everything the Bright and District Historical Society displays must be relevant to the area.
However, a collection of old farm implements at the Bright Museum has members wondering where and who the items came from.
“We have four ploughs, a couple of scarifiers and a water wheel mechanism that we don’t know anything about,” Bright and District Historical Society committee member Diann Talbot said.
“If we knew who they came from we could put a tag on them saying ‘it belonged to this person and was used during this time to do this’.
“As far as we know someone could have bought some of the things at a clearing sale in Euroa and decided that they’d be good for the museum.”
Ms Talbot said details for every acquisition have always been requested although little more than the words ‘donated’ where often left when the museum first opened.
“Two of the ploughs are in the acquisition book but there are no details about them,” she said.
“Now when we get things donated an acquisition form is filled out which describes the item, where it came from, who donated it, and what relevance it has to the district.”
Ms Talbot said unless people with knowledge of the items or those who donated them come forward the historical society will look to get rid of them.
“Because we’re only a small museum the policy is if it’s not related historically to Bright or the surrounding areas, or a local family we really move it on,” she said.
“Along with the early pioneers of the area we’re trying to focus on three things, the mining, the train and Chinese history.
“If you took everything that came here you’d end up with 50 flat irons that have no relevance to the district, things that you see in every second museum.
“The other thing is we don’t want people coming to us in five years’ time saying ‘my grandfather donated his plough can we see it’ and then we have to tell them we sold it on eBay two years ago.”
People can contact Diann Talbot on 0409 473 362.