Biggenden Historical Society president Christine Holder and treasurer Eleanor Liston with NewsMail front pages about the construction of Paradise Dam. Photo: Bev Geissler
Biggenden Historical Society president Christine Holder and treasurer Eleanor Liston with NewsMail front pages about the construction of Paradise Dam. Photo: Bev Geissler

Museum adds new exhibits

AMONG new exhibits at the Biggenden Historical Museum are several framed NewsMail front pages relating to the construction of the Paradise Dam, which were donated by the newspaper recently.

At the historical society’s AGM last week, president Christine Holder said the museum was also very pleased to display several Australian Army dress uniforms donated by local councillor Kevin “Lofty” Wendt, who is a Vietnam War veteran.

Mr Wendt said the uniforms from the mid-1980s to 1990s were unique because of their badge of rank of Regimental Sergeant Major of the Australian Army, which was issued only once every four years.

Mrs Holder said family members of George Witton recently donated a copy of his death certificate.

“He had served in the Boer War with Harry ‘Breaker’ Morant and was also court-martialled but, unlike his fellow officers, was not executed,” she said.

“After his release, he lived on a dairy farm at Coalstoun Lakes, where a road is named after him.”

The guest chairwoman of the meeting, Gail Gauld, the president of the Brooweena Historical Society, presented the museum with a book giving details of graves on properties in the former Woocoo shire.

Mrs Holder said the museum had a new volunteer, Barry McNaughton, and was now open to the public on most weekdays.



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