Dis­play cab­i­nets in­stalled at Tolmie

Mansfield Courier - - NEWS -

MEM­BERS of the Tolmie com­mu­nity gath­ered to­gether on Sun­day to cel­e­brate the un­veil­ing of two beau­ti­ful glass-fronted tim­ber cab­i­nets which have been in­stalled in the foyer of the Tolmie Me­chan­ics In­sti­tute.

Hand built by Tolmie cabi­net maker Rob Al­lan, the cab­i­nets have been made to fit within ex­ist­ing re­cesses of the hall foyer and con­structed in keep­ing with the age and style of the 1920’s build­ing.

The cab­i­nets were made pos­si­ble through a grant from the Mansfield Shire Coun­cil Com­mu­nity Match­ing Fund of $3372, a grant of $1000 from the Mansfield Com­mu­nity Fund, ap­prox­i­mately $2500 from the Tolmie Me­chan­ics In­sti­tute and Re­cre­ation Re­serve Com­mit­tee and hun­dreds of vol­un­teer hours by Mr Al­lan.

The cab­i­nets were beau­ti­fully stained by Barry McWaters of Bridge Creek, who also do­nated quite a deal of his time.

The cab­i­nets will be used to house in a safe and se­cure man­ner, much of the his­tor­i­cal lit­er­a­ture, pho­tographs, tro­phies and mem­o­ra­bilia etc. col­lected over Tolmie’s 135 year his­tory, which are cur­rently held by a range of in­di­vid­u­als within and out­side of the com­mu­nity.

By bring­ing these items to­gether in one place, it will ben­e­fit all in the com­mu­nity now and in the fu­ture, to en­joy and to learn, more of the story of Tolmie through them and will help en­sure that the his­tory of Tolmie is pre­served through­out fu­ture gen­er­a­tions.

The con­struc­tion of these cab­i­nets was one of the ini­tia­tives of the Tolmie Com­mu­nity Plan which was de­vel­oped by the com­mu­nity in 2011.

Other ac­tions from the plan al­ready com­pleted in­clude the in­stal­la­tion of his­tor­i­cal sig­nage at key sites, the con­struc­tion of the Com­mu­nity Kitchen, and the set­ting up of TOAST, the lo­cal trans­port ini­tia­tive.

The com­mit­tee is very keen to hear from any­one who might have items of his­tor­i­cal in­ter­est which they could of­fer on loan to dis­play in the new cab­i­nets.

Con­tact Linda Terry on 5776 2113.

PHOTO: Linda Terry

IT’S OF­FI­CIAL: Cabi­net maker Rob Al­lan cuts the rib­bon on the dis­play cabi­net he con­structed for the Tolmie Me­chan­ics In­sti­tute, while Barry McWaters looks on.

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