Pavilion namesake is stopped in his tracks
Wednesday, 18th August, 2010
The Sulphide Street Railway and Historical Museum opened a new pavilion in honour of a long serving volunteer yesterday.
The new transport pavilion at the Museum was named after Ron Carter, in consideration of his 38 years as a volunteer at the Museum.
Railway Museum Secretary and Treasurer Christine Adams said the transport pavilion was named after Ron because he was one of the longest serving volunteers.
She said Mr Carter was chairman of the museum for 28 years.
Mr Carter said it came as a complete surprise to him to be have the pavilion named after him, adding that he felt it was a great honour.
"It's wonderful to have my name on the side of the pavilion," Mr Carter said.
Mr Carter worked for the Silverton Tramway Company for many years before it closed.
When it closed in 1970, Mr Carter realised all the valuable equipment should be preserved.
He said it was marvellous to see the equipment donated to the museum as it would have been sent for scraping.
"We would have lost a great piece of Broken Hill's History," Mr Carter said.
The pavilion was built to protect the pieces of memorabilia that were displayed on the platform of the station.
"The idea of building the transport pavilion was to put the memorabilia under cover ... for conservation purposes," Mrs Adams said.
In 1975, the Board of the Silverton Tramway Company donated the Sulphide Street Railway Station and three acres of land, plus all books and records, rolling stock and surplus equipment to the NSW Government Lands Department for museum purposes only.
The Museum was then opened in 1981 and a team of volunteers ensure the Museum is open to the public every day of the year, excluding Christmas Day and Good Friday. A large number of volunteers are ex-STC employees and share their wealth of information with visitors.
Mayor Wincen Cuy said it was because of these volunteers that the Museum is in operation.
"Volunteers keep the place (museum) open," Mayor Cuy said.
"(This museum) contributes to the economic wealth of the community ... it is a place of pride," he said.
"It is a significant and important part of our history."
Mayor Cuy offered his congratulations and praised everyone involved in erecting the pavilion.
"Congratulations to everyone involved and well done," he said.
Mayor Cuy also congratulated Ron Carter for his involvement in the Museum.
Mrs Adams is grateful for the support of the BH Community Foundation, the BH City Council and the BH Migrant Heritage Committee.
The next project for the Museum will be to establish a workshop where volunteers can maintain the collection. Mrs Adams said she would like to hear from groups or individuals who may be interested in restoration work.