Singleton Museum needs community support

OPEN FOR BUSINESS: The Singleton Historical Society is encouraging the community to visit the local museum and take a look at the large range of quality exhibits on display. Entry costs just $3 for adults and $1 for children.
OPEN FOR BUSINESS: The Singleton Historical Society is encouraging the community to visit the local museum and take a look at the large range of quality exhibits on display. Entry costs just $3 for adults and $1 for children.

As the saying goes, you have to know the past to understand the present, and the best place to immerse yourself in the history of our town is the Singleton Museum.

Located in Burdekin Park, the Singleton Museum is filled to the brim with interesting historical artefacts that allow a glimpse into our past.

Though the dedicated volunteers who keep the historical museum operating say they need the community’s support to continue functioning. 

After the closure of Burdekin Park last year, the Singleton Museum was forced to close its doors for an extended period of time.

“When we were forced to close, we lost a lot of regular visitors,” Singleton Historical Society’s Pat Quinn said.

“A lot of people are still unaware that we have reopened.”

But this isn’t the only issue the Singleton Historical Society has been forced to face.

The volunteers are forced to put out large buckets to mitigate the leaking roof.

The volunteers are forced to put out large buckets to mitigate the leaking roof.

During its closure, the museum building suffered damage when a branch ridden with flying foxes snapped and fell onto the roof.

Now the Museum roof leaks in the event of rain, forcing the volunteers to set up large buckets to collect the water. This is a time consuming and irritating situation for the Singleton Historical Society, who want to spend their time and resources on the museum’s historical exhibits. 

The leaking roof also creates mess on the museum walls, which the volunteers spend time cleaning up. 

Leaking water is continually staining the walls.

Leaking water is continually staining the walls.

Despite ongoing discussions with Singleton Council to have the roof repaired, more than 18 months have passed and the problems remain the same.

Regardless of the building’s condition, the volunteers continue to work tirelessly to make the museum as wonderful and insightful as possible.

From the infamous convict bell encased in a tree trunk to a newly added Ericsson Wall Phone, the museum boasts a range of quality exhibits that are bound to excite and interest all. The Museum, located in Burdekin Park, is open on Tuesdays from 10am to 1pm as well as weekends and public holidays from 12pm to 4pm. Though, the museum is closed on Christmas Day and Mother’s Day.

Entry costs as little as $3 for adults and $1 for children, so why not head to the local museum this week.

The Singleton Historical Society with the newly added Ericsson Wall phone.

The Singleton Historical Society with the newly added Ericsson Wall phone.