The Bingara District Historical Society has begun to fund raise for a much needed new administration and storage building.
At present the current building is grossly inadequate to house and safely store the wide array of photographs, documents and records that the museum has in its possession.
The small group of members actively works to preserve Bingara’s early history. The Heritage Walk plaques will be finalised shortly.
These signs will be displayed along Maitland Street, between Keera and Heber Streets. The Historical Society has been working closely with Gwydir Shire Council so that these signs comply with various regulations and add to the street view envisioned by Mongard and Associates.
Another project about to begin is the reprinting of Ron Irlam’s Wars and International Conflicts 1946- 2002. The Bingara Burial Book is also being updated and it will be reprinted over the coming months. This book will be a huge benefit for those involved in researching their family history.
Another book that will also be reprinted is the Images from Bingara’s Early Days Vol.1 by Richard W Smith, this will happen once the preliminary work has been completed.
The museum also has an extensive mineral collection which displays rocks and gems from all around Australia. The original hotel building is displayed as a private residence and is home to a number of old and unusual objects.
One of the towns original blacksmiths shop is preserved in the grounds as well as the small Boonda School.
Next time you have family and friends to visit, bring them in and look at what is on display at the local museum, there are some really interesting items just waiting to be found. All donations for Society’s street stall on June 30 and July 1, will be gratefully received.