Golden Memories Museum Millthorpe receives new funding for exhibitions

NEW LOO: Hayley Lavers, Allan Ewin, Paul Toole, Andrew Gee, Bruce Chapman and Glen Mortimer at the opening of the new toilets.
NEW LOO: Hayley Lavers, Allan Ewin, Paul Toole, Andrew Gee, Bruce Chapman and Glen Mortimer at the opening of the new toilets.

Millthorpe's Golden Memories Museum just keeps going from strength to strength and the most recent upgrades have just been officially opened, and new funding projects have been announced.

Built at the back of the old school building the old toilet blocks were the real deal, school toilets. Historic they may have been, but they certainly weren't enjoyable to use, or up to current standards.

The solution of course was to build some new ones, but with limited financial resources of their own to draw on, the construction of the new toilet block was dependent on government funding.

Thanks to both the state and federal governments the GMMM now has some of the fanciest toilets around.

The federal government's Drought Funding Extension funding of $90,908 paid for the majority of the building and the NSW government's Community Building Partnership of $20,000 paid for the covered walkway, concrete path and toilet block fixtures and benches.

With that major project now completed the museum is now working towards completing a few new projects to improve the visitor experience, and add a layer of security.

As part of the federal government's Saluting Their Service Commemorative Grants Program member for Calare and Minister for Veteran's Affairs and Defence Personnel Andrew Gee was on hand to view the beginnings of a new display highlighting the work of some of our most highly regarded veterans.

New display: Hayley Lavers, Bruce Chapman and Andrew Gee with the new mannequin inside the museum. Photos: Mark Logan.

New display: Hayley Lavers, Bruce Chapman and Andrew Gee with the new mannequin inside the museum. Photos: Mark Logan.

"The museum will receive $5,099 to grow their collection of war memorabilia," he said. "The funds will purchase a mannequin, Light Horse Trooper uniform and a replica gun that will help tell the stories of our veterans for generations to come," he said.

An exhibition to highlight the role of the Wiradjuri people will also be established at the museum thanks to funding of $18,000 from the NSW Governments Arts and Cultural Funding Program.

Called 'A Corner of Millthorpe History' it includes a Wiradjuri exhibition to display the collection of indigenous items held by the museum.

The museum plans on working with local Aboriginal elders to create and audio visual component of the exhibition.

Also to be included in the corner are local pioneers and the businesses which helped forge Millthorpe's rich history.

To keep all of this safe the museum is also receiving $1,818 from the state government's Volunteer Museum Small Grants Program for video security cameras to be installed around the museum.