08 November 2010
It is a however a lovely example of making-do, and originally came from the workbasket of Edith K. Clinch (nee Waldeck).
Arthur Clinch married Edith (or Topsy as she was more lovingly known) on 8 November 1892, and the couple went on to live at Mill Farm (the former Greenough Hotel). In those days, frugality prevailed, and as a farmer's wife, one of the skills Topsy would have learnt was how to mend clothes. This beautiful shell was used by Topsy as a darning mushroom for mending socks.
Unfortunately we do not know who gave Topsy the shell. There could be a lovely story there.
The shell has been donated to this museum by Topsy's grand-daughter, Joy.
22 October 2010
11 September 2010
Who can remember the words?
"Put another nickel in, in the nickelodeon.
And all I want is loving you, and music, music, music.
I'd do anything for you; anything you'd want me to.
All I want is kissing you and music, music, music.
Closer, my dear come closer.
The nicest part of any melody is when you're dancing close to me.
...So put another nickel in, in the nickelodeon.
All I want is loving you and music, music, music."
Perhaps not so surprisingly, this is one tune you would not have heard on this nickelodeon. The song was written by Stephen Weiss and Bernie Baum in 1949 and made popular in Australia by Petula Clarke in 1950. Far too late for this "Fully Automated Mechanical Piano" to give it its correct title.
After playing for many years to wonderous visitors, our nickelodeon was badly damaged about 10 years ago when a former curator decided to install an electric motor to save having to wind up the machine manually.
It has been estimated it would cost around $25,000 to now get the machine back to working order! To date we have collected less than 1/10th of the quote! Any donations welcome.
04 September 2010
03 July 2010
In commemoration of this event a display has been set up in the Costume Display case. Included in the display are two sets of clothing (day and evening wear) worn by Bishop Trower; the altar cross from St James' Church, South Greenough (the oldest surviving church in the Diocese); an "Illustrated Family Bible" from 1838 which belonged to Rev Howard; and some shingle from the roof of Christ Church, Geraldton (demolished 1962).
23 June 2010
It is a great time of the year to be working outside, and the vegie garden is a visual as well as culinary delight.
28 May 2010
Also, thanks to Two Fish Drowning for donating a framed aerial photo of the Abrolhos reefs that was auctioned on the day. That money, along with donations from Rock of Ages Bed & Breakfast and Gary Martin has been used to purchase a stainless steel urn to help with the catering of future events.
18 May 2010
10 April 2010
31 March 2010
14 February 2010
Stage II will be commencing soon with the installation of gates and an all-weather path. This project is being funded by a City of Geraldton-Greenough Community Grant.