Museums & Galleries Qld

Five Hundred and Fifty Not Out

Posted on: 21 October 2015

An article from Winton District Historical Society & Museum Inc on the reopening of the Museum after the devastating fire at the Waltzing Matilda Centre.

When Len and Robyn Lawrence from Western Australia walked through the gate on Thursday 8 October, Winton District Historical Society & Museum had notched up 550 visitors to the Qantilda Museum section of the Waltzing Matilda Centre, since we opened on 1 September. They were particularly interested in the Furphy Tank with its shorthand inscription, having seen a similar one at Pine Creek in the Northern Territory.WDHSM 1

Visitors from across Australia have enjoyed the variety of historic items on display, including some things restored after the fire.

Members and friends who volunteered to staff the gates, celebrated a very busy six weeks, after the official closure on Thursday 8 October.Celebration closure 8.10.15

The Winton District Historical Society & Museum Inc. looks forward to opening again at Easter 2016, and welcoming many more visitors to the surviving buildings of the Waltzing Matilda Centre.

Together with all of Australia, we can’t wait until the new memorial to our national song arises from the ashes!


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