Pat’s re­stored shire map is well worth wait­ing for

Mansfield Courier - - Opinions/People -

IT may have taken over three years to com­plete, but the restora­tion of an orig­i­nal 1888 Mans­field Shire sur­veyor’s map has been well worth the wait.

In April 2016 lo­cal res­i­dent, Pat Ar­buth­not, do­nated the his­toric map to coun­cil, and as a re­sult coun­cil un­der­took to have this im­por­tant piece of lo­cal his­tory pro­fes­sion­ally re­stored to its for­mer glory.

Coun­cil en­gaged the ser­vices of the Univer­sity of Mel­bourne’s Grimwade Cen­tre for Cul­tural Ma­te­ri­als Con­ser­va­tion, who spent a con­sid­er­able amount of time and ef­fort as­sess­ing the map and de­ter­min­ing the best way of restor­ing it.

The re­sult­ing process in­cluded ex­ten­sive sta­bil­i­sa­tion works to the frag­ile cloth map as well as re­pairs to a num­ber of sig­nif­i­cant tears and im­age loss.

Once com­pleted, the map was then mounted and housed in an ex­hi­bi­tion qual­ity frame.

“His­tor­i­cal maps are a great re­source to help learn about a place at a par­tic­u­lar point in time,” Mans­field Shire mayor Marg At­t­ley said.

“They can be used to lo­cate ex­actly where some­one’s an­ces­tors lived and to learn quite a bit about the district.

“We are ex­tremely grate­ful to Mrs Ar­buth­not for gift­ing such a treasure to the shire, and we en­cour­age ev­ery­one to view the map which is now dis­played in the coun­cil cham­bers’ foyer.

“The highly skilled con­ser­va­tion staff at the Grimwade Cen­tre have done an ex­cel­lent job with the preser­va­tion works, and we’re ex­tremely happy with the end re­sult.”

When Mrs Ar­buth­not pre­sented the map to coun­cil she said that she be­lieved the map should be back in the shire where it be­longs as it com­mem­o­rates the early pioneers of the shire.

The orig­i­nal sur­veyor’s map, pur­chased by Mrs Ar­buth­not’s mother in the 1950s from a shire ‘clear­ing sale’, shows vastly dif­fer­ent bound­aries of the very first Mans­field Shire from what they are to­day.

The map is per­ma­nently on dis­play in the en­trance foyer of the coun­cil cham­bers, and mem­bers of the pub­lic are most wel­come to view the map dur­ing busi­ness hours.

HIS­TORIC: (From left) Lois Wa­ters, Chris­tine Mizzi, Jordi Casasayas and Peter Mitchel­son with the re­stored map of Mans­field from 1888.

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