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New exhibits at Wingham Museum

A part of the crystal and mineral collection donated by Dr Iain Sutherland and wife Hilda.A STUNNINGLY beautiful display of crystals and minerals is now housed at the Manning Valley Historical Society (MVHS) museum in Wingham, with work on the display area now completed.
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The collection was donated by Dr Iain Sutherland and his wife Hilda. The large collection is displayed in purpose built cases constructed by Dr Sutherland himself, and the museum has used light to good effect to bring out the beauty of special pieces.

MVHS president Barbra Waters is grateful to have the exhibition in the Wingham museum. “I asked his son what would have happened to the collection if we hadn’t taken it, and he said they would have given it to a university,” Barbara said. “We are very lucky to have this collection.”

A significantly smaller display has been added to the museum’s toy section. Balancing toys, made by Keith Esling after World War II for his children because he couldn’t afford to buy them toys, are a whimsical addition and can’t fail to raise a smile.

The toys were made out of scrap and lovingly hand painted and kept in excellent condition throughout the years. The toys were donated to the museum by Keith’s son, who resides in Nabiac.

Balancing toys made by Keith Esling after World War II, when materials where scarce and money for toys hard to come by.

Barbara says they have been working hard to make money to fix parts of the museum. Everything was initially done on a shoestring budget and she acknowledges the hard work of past members.

But work and fundraising efforts never stop as there is always more to do to the building and exhibits.

Barbara is particularly proud that the museum exhibits are now all laid out in sections. “It was a hodge-podge display of all different things,” she says, and she happily pointed out the different sections, such as a display on working animals and equipment, harvest, timber, saddlery, workshop and the mill.

There is an entire room devoted to “Wingham Town” that houses things from Wingham from yesteryear. Among the displays are a medical practice, post office, butcher and hospital.

The Wingham Museum is open from 10am to 4pm daily and is located on Farquhar Street, Wingham. Entry fees are $3 for adults, $1 for children or $7 for a family.

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