Macleay River Historical Museum

Macleay River Historical Museum

Macleay River Historical Museum
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Barbarblanc
Melbourne, Australia113 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2019
This museum has a wonderful collection and some very unusual exhibits.
I was very taken with the working model of a timber mill. This is not only a very interesting exhibit but a fascinating piece of folk art. One of only a few made by a local identity.
Another interesting exhibit was the collection from a cobbler's shop. I have seen some of the tools and cobblers lasts before but to see shoes part way through the process of making in the old way was great.
The area devoted to river transport was also fascinating.
They have a lot to see and it can be overwhelming. As the entrance fee is very modest I decided to leave with the thought of returning another day for more poking around.
I am not a local nor do I have any local family (that I know of) but it was interesting to see this museum anyway. They also had an enormous research section that I did not go into and a great number of local publications for sale. Obviously the local history and family history groups are very active.
The only criticism I would have is that they obviously need more room to properly display all the things they have!
Written 8 October 2019
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VirgoTraveller
Australia37 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2018 • Solo
I called ahead seeking help for info on my family heritage. Arriving a few days later i was pleasantly surprised to find they were expecting me and had a volunteer (Michael) who had the files I was looking for, ready. I stayed for hours photocopying records, looking at the online photo database and receiving assistance from the lovely volunteers, including plot location maps for local cemetaries which was extremely helpful. Two kind ladies offered me tea and biscuits and even a bun - they were so sweet - to help keep my energy up with all the research. I was very impressed with the amount of historical archival info they have and also the exhibits in the museum which i later perused. In particular found the exhibit on immigrants/immigration in Kempsey shire very fascinating. Definately worth a visit while in Kempsey, even if you dont have family connections as the Museum itself is most interesting.
Written 21 September 2018
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dwangcritter
South West Rocks, Australia15 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2017 • Couples
Great local history hub. Well worth a visit, if you like local history. Interesting displays, probably not the sort of thing kids would enjoy. Good bookshop and helpful staff.
Written 8 September 2018
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travella2016
Kempsey, Australia767 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2017 • Friends
One of my favourite places to visit. This museum has an under-rated display of local history & if anyone is interested in tracing their local family history the volunteers in this museum have a wealth of knowledge. The displays are excellent & showcase the history of our area. For those who have a shutterbug hobby, check out the amazing Angus McNeil photo collection. These beautiful prints were salvaged from glass negatives & have been lovingly restored & bring focus to our lost family history.
There is plenty of parking for the caravaners with public toilets & shelters for those wanting to have a rest stop.
Written 17 April 2017
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Don B
Sydney, Australia4,820 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2017 • Couples
This museum is a real find. The building that houses it was designed by Australian architect Glenn Murcott and is a symphony in corrugated Colorbond steel. Its collections are extensive and varied. From agriculture to communications with side trips to timbering and river navigation. The restored Settler's Cottage is also worth seeing. .
Written 27 February 2017
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John H
Blue Mountains, Australia6 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2016 • Couples
This was a very enjoyable experience, and the staff/volunteers were friendly and very helpful. At only $3 cost for seniors the value is amazing. A must for local history buffs. Lots of history and nostalgia. I'll be back.
Written 16 March 2016
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Anita T
Forster, Australia12,781 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2016 • Couples
We had been visiting the Slim Dusty Centre and decided to visit the Macleay River Historical Museum. It is located in the big park in South Kempsey adjoining the information centre.
We enjoyed looking at the displays as it makes you appreciate the diverse history of the area.
From the fishing at Jerseyville, to the timber getting ways of old, to the dairy industry, sport, indigenous history and general way of life.
I just loved the model saw mill which actually worked as well as the little home out the back which showed you the way early settlers lived. My husband really like the old Leyland truck and olden day tools.
The staff are really friendly and there are also lots of historical books available for purchase. The only thing which I found sad was that you were not allowed to take any photos in the museum.
Entry is cheap so if you are in the area, drop in and take a look.
Written 23 January 2016
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Anita T
Forster, Australia12,781 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2016 • Couples
We decided to visit the Macleay River Historical museum while visiting Kempsey recently. Entry is just $4 per adult and the staff are very friendly and helpful.
There are so many interesting items on display that cover such areas as the fishing industry, sport, Aboriginals in the area with a great display of stone spear heads. The timber industry is really well represented. There is this awesome model timber mill which actually works. The dairy industry and agricultural history of the valley are also well displayed as is the early way of life with a complete little cottage out the back fully furnished with items of the early days.
This is a great museum with lots of interesting things to keep everyone entertained. My husband loved the really ols Leyland truck which is still in good condition. There is also a great historical reference section with lots of books on the history of the region.
Written 8 January 2016
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