Clissold House perfect for museum

Clissold House: Could this heritage-listed Coffs Harbour house become our new museum?
Clissold House: Could this heritage-listed Coffs Harbour house become our new museum?

SUZANNE Roberts wants to see Coffs Harbour City Council buy a heritage-listed building for use as a house museum.

The Coffs Harbour resident even has the right building in her sights.

“Why doesn’t the council buy Clissold House for the Regional Museum to run as a house museum,” Mrs Roberts said.

“It is heritage listed and close to town, so it would be suitable. It would be an added attraction for the town and for educational purposes to see how people lived in the 1930s to 1950s.”

“The museum has no home at the moment and we are waiting for the council to do something.”

Mrs Roberts said the museum’s ‘pop up’ exhibitions at Palms Shopping had been ‘overwhelmed with attention’.

‘Around the Radio’ the Coffs Harbour Regional Museum’s current pop up exhibition is housed in the old Coffs Music Centre store at Palms Shopping, where it will remain on show for the next five weeks with a display of early radios, phonographs and gramophones.

The museum’s collection has been housed in temporary premises, much of it in a storage facility in Forge Drive since the March 31 flood last year, which inundated the city’s purpose-built museum building in Harbour Drive for the second time in 13 years.

Clissold House, No 4 Azalea Avenue, is currently listed for sale by NSW Real Estate, with an onsite auction date set for 3pm on April 24.

The three-bedroom mahogany-floored timber house, built in 1934 for the Clissold family, was heritage listed in 1986 and is located on a 1470 square metre block backing on to Forsyth Park.

The block includes a private courtyard and the one-bedroom Clissold Cottage.

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