Re­newal for old school mu­seum

Alpine Observer - - News -

A $25,000 mu­seum re­newal project will en­able the Myrtle­ford and Dis­trict His­tor­i­cal So­ci­ety to achieve a ma­jor goal set back in 2012.

The group came to­gether to set tar­gets for on­go­ing build­ing re­pairs and main­te­nance in that year in­clud­ing re­plac­ing the 100-year old cor­ru­gated iron roof.

This is the first ma­jor up­grade since then.

This re­newal grant, funded by Alpine Shire and the De­part­ment of En­vi­ron­ment, Land, Wa­ter and Plan­ning, will mainly be spent on lime wash­ing the ex­ter­nal walls of the three old­est class­rooms at the rear of the old state school.

The walls were con­structed be­tween 1870 and 1886 when pupil num­bers were grow­ing rapidly.

Some old lo­cal bricks and mor­tar will also be re­placed in the process.

Myrtle­ford and Dis­trict His­tor­i­cal So­ci­ety pres­i­dent John Tay­lor said the project would ful­fil the medium- term goal of the his­tor­i­cal so­ci­ety to en­sure a weath­er­proofed a se­cure place for their col- lec­tion, which is essen­tial in telling the “Myrtle­ford story”.

“The grant will also pro­vide for some other ur­gent build­ing main­te­nance and paint­ing, to im­prove the ap­pear­ance of the premises,” he said.

“Many res­i­dents and vis­i­tors value the role which the His­tor­i­cal So­ci­ety plays in this com­mu­nity, the fund­ing sup­port we have re­ceived from Alpine Shire Coun­cil and DELWP is a great source of en­cour­age­ment for mem­bers of the His­tor­i­cal So­ci­ety.”

PHOTO: Tate Spi­teri

MUCH NEEDED: John Tay­lor is look­ing for­ward to see­ing main­te­nance works take place at the Myrtle­ford Mu­seum.

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