Museum Events & Exhibitions for 2018
Note – our Museum always has Coal Mining and Railway items on permanent display
Cataract – the Dam that Killed a Village – Sundays from May 20th 2018 – 1- 4pm – and stories of the people who planned, built, operated & protected the dam & its catchment – click for more information
Woonona Memories & Out of the Crates – Hidden Items from the Woonona Blinkco Collection – from July 22nd 2018 : 1 – 4pm – items from the High St Woonona home of the Blinkco family which have rarely ever been displayed
From September 30 2018 – 130 Years of the Sydney to South Coast Railway – who worked on the railways in your family ?
Finally, in October 1888 you could travel all the way from Wollongong to Sydney by train
What did it mean ? How did it change the South Coast ?
From the 1850’s, the NSW Railways opened up lots of different jobs for many people.
Have there been engine drivers, fettlers, porters, signalmen in your family ?
Where did they work on the railways – up the coast, out west, just the south coast ?
We’d love to hear about them !
Why not drop into the museum and share some stories & photos ?
Do you have something to include in our 130th Anniversary Time Capsule ?
From October 7 2018 : 50 Years since the 1968 Bushfires !
Who could ever forget those dreadful 1968 bushfires ? Just like 2018, there had been a long dry spell in 1968 – and a bushfire initially contained.
Then wild winds whipped up on October 28th 1968. A terrifying scenario emerged that continued into November 1968.
From Farmborough Heights up to Coledale there was devastation.
Ultimately it would rewrite how future bushfires would be managed – and the resources needed to fight them. What do you remember ? Do you have photos or stories to share ?
From December 2 2018 : Newsprint in their blood – who brought the news to our homes ?
Did you know that newspapers were in the NSW Colony from the early 1800’s ? That the Illawarra Mercury began in 1855 ? Kiama has had quite a few papers ? Who can remember the South Coast Times or the other newspapers of the Illawarra ?
Were the Newspapers of the Past also like the Facebook of their day ?
What have been the jobs in the news ? Did anyone in your family work for the newspapers ? Why not share some photos & stories ?
A Sneak Preview into 2019 ….
Coal Mining in the NSW Southern Districts – Remembering the 1887 Bulli Mine Disaster – February – March 2019
NSW Seniors Festival 2019 – April
Australian Heritage Festival 2019 – April – June – Our Changing Lives & Times
1939 – 1946 : What Did You Do in the War Mummy ? …WWII war time days of Illawarra girls
– Also … Stories of Sherbrooke’s Descendants in WW2
Part of the Museum’s Sherbrooke One Place Study Research Programme
Below are pics from our very popular April – May 2014 Up and Down Bulli Mountain – Discovering the Lost Village of Sherbrooke exhibition.