Celebrating a funding win – Emmaville Mining Museum committee members Danny Andrews, left, Margaret Haar, President Ron Jillett, Northern Tablelands MP Adam Marshall, Bill Johnson, Dell Brown, Evan Brown and Glen Innes Severn Councillor Glen Frendon.
Tuesday, 3 March 2020
A COMMUNITY effort to collect and preserve Emmaville’s rich military history in the Emmaville Mining Museum has been bolstered, with Northern Tablelands MP Adam Marshall today announcing a $71,597 State Government grant to construct a new display room at the popular tourist attraction.
Mr Marshall said the additional gallery would house more than 200 pieces of priceless local war memorabilia.
“The Emmaville Mining Museum offers a true snapshot of the local history which has shaped the identity of Northern NSW,” Mr Marshall said.
“Part of that history is the sacrifice which was made by 300 local men and women who left their homes and families to serve their country during World Wars 1 and 2.
“In 2015, as part of a community project to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the Gallipoli landing, two staff from Emmaville Hospital, Dell Brown and Dale Stapleton, pulled together a large collection of memorabilia including records and photographs of local service men and women, uniforms, service medals, weapons and regiment plaques.
“This grant will construct a new display room at the back of the museum with specialised display cabinets to protect the integrity of documents, carpet and climate control to preserve the items for many generations to come.
“We can’t let this history fade and I commend museum President Ron Jillet and all the committee for the work they do promoting and preserving our region’s important archives.”
President of the Emmaville Mining Museum Ron Jillet said what started as a humble tribute to local war veterans had become a monument to the Aussie spirit.
“From the Boer War in South Africa at the turn of the 19th century to the more recent War in Iraq, in nearly every conflict Australia has committed troops to personnel from our little town of Emmaville have been present,” Mr Jillet said.
“For five years the museum has been carefully cataloguing items which have been donated by the families of those who have served in the armed forces, and unfortunately due to the sheer volume the collection has outgrown its current space.
“This announcement is really special for the Emmaville community as means we will now have a permanent space to house the exhibition, which includes six Australian Army uniforms from different eras, including a battle jacket from WWI.
“I am hopeful we will see work commence in the second half of this year and, like any military style operation, if it goes plan we will have construction complete and the exhibit unpacked by the end of this year.”