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Peter Almond from Hervey Bay Museum wins 2013 Gallery and Museum Achievement Award

Posted on: 12 December 2013

Museum & Gallery Services Queensland (M&GSQ) proudly announced the recipients of the 2013 Gallery and Museum Achievement Awards (GAMAA) at a special event hosted by Museum of Brisbane on 22 November. Guest presenter, Hon. Ian Walker, Minister for Science, Information Technology, Innovation and the Arts presented the winners with specially-commissioned trophies created by Queensland artists, Charlotte Beeron, Theresa Beeron, Ethel Murray and John Murray, represented by Girringun Aboriginal Art Centre.

In the coming days, we will bring you the stories on each of the Winners and Special Commendation recipients of the 2013 GAMAA in five categories. In this first article, we announce the GAMAA Winner in the category, ‘Individuals: Volunteer’:

WINNER – Peter Almond, Volunteer, Hervey Bay Museum

This category was generously sponsored by Museums Australia Queensland. Peter receives a prize to the value of $1,000.


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Peter Almond, a passionate amateur history buff, is the Volunteer Collections Manager and Team Leader at the Hervey Bay Museum. Peter is retiring after ten years of service to the Museum. When he first joined in 2003, there were minimal collection management processes in place and a culture of collecting everything. Peter saw the opportunity to improve professional practices and exhibition development and, with the approval of the Museum’s management committee, a Collections team was formed with Peter as Team Leader.

Witnessing this positive change within the Museum, Hervey Bay Council funded the drafting of a comprehensive Collections Policy and Procedures Manual and five-year Strategic Plan by industry professionals. This led to the procurement of key grants and significant donations and loans which set a new benchmark for the Museum’s displays, collections and public programs. With the assistance of the Heritage Officer and the Museum Development Officer, Peter was successful in procuring a grant from the National Maritime Museum for an exhibition interpreting the Museum’s significant maritime collection, with funding matched by Council. This exhibition received very favourable comments from visitors, and was instrumental in inspiring other volunteers to support the development of informative and innovative displays for the rest of the Museum. As a result, many other Museum volunteers joined the Collections team.

The Hervey Bay Port Authority was so enthused by the new direction the Museum had taken that they donated the Port’s historic immigration and shipping records which date back to the mid-1800s, documenting in detail migrant arrivals, imports and exports through the Port. These records are of national significance.

Peter’s contribution to research, education and public programs, and communication strategies, and his encouragement of training and professional development for the volunteers has resulted in many successful outcomes for the Museum and for the community it serves.

In choosing Peter as the Winner in the ‘Individuals: Volunteer’ category, the GAMAA Judges acknowledged his passion and commitment to best practice in managing the collections of the Hervey Bay Museum. Peter has demonstrated outstanding leadership in engaging support for the Museum, particularly in developing strategic partnerships and building ongoing relationships with Council. Over a period of ten years, Peter has raised professional standards and provided the Museum with strong planning for the future, ensuring a valuable cultural asset for the Fraser Coast region.

As Fraser Coast Mayor, Gerard O’Connell, said about Peter’s award: “It is the volunteers such as Peter which make the Fraser Coast such a vibrant place. His work at the Hervey Bay Museum and Historic Village has been outstanding. His love of history and its preservation is matched only by his love of motorcycles.”


The 2013 GAMAA was presented by Museum and Gallery Services Queensland. This prestigious annual event is designed to celebrate the outstanding achievements, professional excellence and innovation of Queensland’s museums and galleries. The Awards recognise the valuable contribution our State’s museums and galleries make to enriching their local and wider communities, and honour the extraordinary commitment and talents of paid professionals and volunteers working in the industry.

For a full list of winners and photos of the event, and to see what the GAMAA Judges said, go to the M&GSQ website at

The 2013 GAMAA were proudly sponsored by Museum of Brisbane, Brian Tucker Accounting, Brandi Projects, Archival Survival, Regional Galleries Association of Queensland and Museums Australia Queensland.


1 Response to "Peter Almond from Hervey Bay Museum wins 2013 Gallery and Museum Achievement Award"

This museum is on my list when I’ll go to Hervey Bay next month. I am looking forward to this one.

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