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Eugowra Historical Society Museum

Address: Pye Street, Eugowra
Opening Hours:  10am till 4pm Wednesday – Sunday or by arrangement
Coach groups are most welcome by appointment.
Contact: 0268 592820 or 0268 592218

The Museum holds a fascinating collection of local history items with the main themes of display being military, bushrangers, Aboriginal heritage and  town and district history.

Eugowra is well known as the scene of the biggest gold escort robbery when bushrangers Frank Gardiner, Ben Hall, John Gilbert and their gang held up the coach carrying £14,000 worth of gold and cash from the Forbes gold fields to the bank in Orange.

Eugowra is a small village and the volunteers are involved in many other organisations but still aim to open the Museum from Wednesday to Sunday each week from 10.00am until 4.00pm. However, occasionally the museum remains closed due to unforeseen circumstances.

The museum building is owned by Cabonne Shire Council and held in trust for the community of Eugowra. The building is reasonably secure as the windows are barred and there is a second set of full length wooden doors which close over the half glass entrance doors when the museum is not open. The main themes of the displays are pioneer, military, bushrangers, Aboriginal and town and district history.

The museum’s collection is well displayed but is not catalogued in any way and documentation is scarce. At the time of the survey volunteers were unsure whether if there is a collection policy. Like all the museums surveyed, the provenance and history of most items in the collection is not on paper, but may be in the heads of the volunteers and local identities, some of whom are aged and in poor health.

Respondents identified the key needs as assistance with cataloguing and documentation, more storage space, fundraising, maintenance and development of buildings and improved collection workspace.

Collection documentation priorities include preparation of an accession register, cataloguing, researching the history and provenance of the most significant items, preparing objects files, a collection policy, and deaccessioning of items of low significance.

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Bushrangers, Aboriginal artifacts, military, domestic, clothing

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