Jessamine Keheo looks through the museum visitors book dating back to 1972.
Jessamine Keheo looks through the museum visitors book dating back to 1972.

Good time to delve into the past

AS THE dust settles on Warwick's 150th birthday celebrations, there is no better time to head along to the Warwick and District Historical Society Museum and find out what life was like all those years ago.

The museum is run by the Warwick and District Historical Society, which is made up of a dedicated group of volunteers.

Museum volunteer Jessamine Kehoe said thanks to generous locals, donations continued to flow in.

“Everything we have has been donated by Warwick,” she said.

“We are always getting new things. Just last week a local man rang us to see if we wanted some puzzles and toys he had found when he was cleaning out his mother's cupboard.”

Her point was proven just minutes later when local man Rex Baguely dropped in some books, one dating back to the 1930s.

“Oh, this is just wonderful,” Mrs Kehoe said flicking through the pages.

She said even people who had visited the museum should stop by again as things often changed.

“There is always something happening here,” Mrs Kehoe said.

“We continually rotate the exhibitions so even if you have been here before you might see something you haven't seen before.

“We have a committee who come and change things around because they know how to handle the garments properly.”

One of the most exciting pieces at the museum is a fully functioning musical instrument, which is over 100 years old.

“This kalliope is from Germany,” Mrs Kehoe said. “It plays music by turning the handle. It's from 1885.

“It was in the Criterion Hotel and it stopped working but they kept it there on the bar just as a visual piece.

“Then one night a fight broke out and it got knocked off onto the ground and it started playing again.

“Listen to the quality of the sound. It's just like it would have been when it was first made.

“So it's quite rare to have a piece like this that actually still works.”

The Warwick and District Historical Society Museum is located at 81 Dragon St, Warwick, and opens Friday 10am-12pm and 2pm-4pm, Saturday 12pm-3pm, and by appointment by calling 46613234.



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