Volunteers required at Nambucca Headland Museum

Fran Bond, a volunteer of five years, and John Pacey who's been helping for three years. Pictured here with the museum's shipping and shipwreck history.
Fran Bond, a volunteer of five years, and John Pacey who's been helping for three years. Pictured here with the museum's shipping and shipwreck history.

The Nambucca Headland Museum is an Aladdin's cave of treasures - one step through the front door and you could lose yourself for hours in the trove of historical wonders.

For volunteers like Fran Bond and John Pacey, the museum is a special place that connects them with their childhoods.

"My Dad used to run dances next door at the Palais - so this headland was my stamping ground," John said.

"I can relate to a lot of these old photos in the albums housed here - life in these photos is exactly as I remember it being in the mid to late 50s."

And there are thousands of photos to explore in the museum's collection, which is the only one specific to the history of Nambucca Heads.

There are original documents and artifacts which bring to life the Valley's pioneer industries - like the old bullock dray downstairs, or a bonafide meat safe.

It's also one of the first places people head to when they decide to delve into the rich caverns of their family histories.

And the museum's new Facebook presence has been generating renewed interest in the town's history.

"We now have over 700 people following the page, which is amazing. Obviously the community values it," committee member Kylie Cork said.

"It's vital, this museum, without this place all these things would just be forgotten," John said.

But the future of the museum could soon be in limbo, if noone steps forward to help keep it open.

Volunteer numbers have been dropping, and with the onset of age and illness, some of the museum's faithful have had to pull back their long-serving commitment.

"We're certainly in need of volunteers," John said.

"We'd just have to close up if we couldn't find new volunteers - there'd be no museum."

John and Fran with the old school bell which particularly delights school groups that come through

John and Fran with the old school bell which particularly delights school groups that come through

Opening hours are 2-4pm on Wednesdays, Saturdays and Sundays, and volunteers are required to man the museum for these time slots.

John said the job is fairly straightforward, and it's easy enough to learn the ropes after a couple of shifts.

"We have a few regulars, so new volunteers wouldn't necessarily need to do a regular shift, just be able to fill in if someone else can't make theirs," he said.

"It could be as little as two hours a month. If people want to do more, or be available for working bees, then so much the better."

Anyone interested in being a part of the town's living history can contact the museum on 6569-4353, or by emailing info@nambuccaheadlandmuseum.com.au

There is also a general meeting scheduled at the museum at 1.30pm on Tuesday, September 17, where curious parties can attend to find out more.

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