HISTORY RESTORED: Urunga Museum manager, Garry Barnett, front, along with other volunteers Jim Sweeney, left, Hartley Bretherton and Paul Anderson will be on deck to welcome people to the re-opening of the displays on Sunday.
HISTORY RESTORED: Urunga Museum manager, Garry Barnett, front, along with other volunteers Jim Sweeney, left, Hartley Bretherton and Paul Anderson will be on deck to welcome people to the re-opening of the displays on Sunday.

Urunga's Historical Museum to re-open

THE phoenix from the floods - Urunga's Historical Museum - is re-opening this Sunday after a two and a half year closure.

Manager Garry Barnett said over 2000 hours of volunteer effort had been needed to restore the building and the exhibits after the massive inundation in March 2009 that saw the museum awash under a metre of flood waters.

"We've managed to reclaim all the damaged exhibits and restore the building - to better than it's pre-flood condition," Mr Barnett said.

The job was huge - removing old carpet and debris, storing and restoring exhibits, fighting back mould and fungus and finally constructing six new display cabinets and filling them with their precious contents.

For volunteer Hartley Bretherton it's been a labour of love, happily given to see the seaside town's history preserved.

"There are exhibits that go way back to the days of Urunga's shipping history when the pilots ruled the river mouth," Mr Bretherton said.

The museum will be officially re-opened at 10.30am on Sunday when Bellingen Shire mayor, Mark Troy, does the honours. Thereafter the museum will be open to the public on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays from 1pm - 3pm and on Saturdays between 10am and 12pm.

Anyone wishing to become a volunteer will be welcomed with open arms - just drop by the museum and make yourself known.



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