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TAFE exhibts tribute to the past

Wednesday, 4th August, 2010

* The stuffed birds that had been donated by the Barrier Field Naturalists Club. * The stuffed birds that had been donated by the Barrier Field Naturalists Club.

The local TAFE's new Exhibition Centre pays tribute to the city's old museum with a selection of displays formerly held at the Technical College.

The new Exhibition Centre, opened this week in the main foyer of the TAFE building, has a number of displays which the TAFE has gone to great lengths to secure.
Having been a museum and art gallery for most of its early days, the TAFE building has reopened the foyer as an area for displaying exhibits old and new.
A model train which was hand-made by mechanical engineer and inventor, Sir George Julius, is back on show after being held in storage at the Powerhouse Museum in Sydney.
The locomotive was donated to the city's museum by Sir George's son in 1954. The model was sent for display at the Broken Hill Branch Museum of the Museum of Applied Arts and Sciences in late 1959.
TAFE Area Manager in the city, Scott Dennis, said he had contacted the Powerhouse Museum to see if the model was still in storage and then made a formal submission to show it at the local TAFE.
The model locomotive is on loan for two years and Mr Dennis hopes the TAFE will be able to keep it beyond that time.
"If the TAFE can maintain it ... hopefully it will be an ongoing loan with approval by the Powerhouse Museum," Mr Dennis said.
The new Exhibition centre also has stuffed birds that had been donated to the museum by the Barrier Field Naturalists Club in 1932.
They had been in storage since the sudden closure of the museum and Mr Dennis was eager to find out how to properly store and protect them.
Minerals also have been loaned to the exhibition by the Albert Kersten Mining and Minerals Museum and a paintings from the Regional Art Gallery are also on loan along with portraits by former local painter Brian Martin.
Mr Dennis said the exhibition was open to all members of the public.

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