Trash or treasure? Rural museums struggle with growing collections – Bush Telegraph – ABC Radio National (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

Rural Australians have an untidy little secret. We are hoarders.

The barns, sheds and abandoned farmhouses that dot our properties are the perfect place to store our treasures—the implements and mementos of a bygone age that we simply can’t bear to toss away.

And when an anniversary in a district comes along, there’s a justification for all we have kept; covered with grease, cobwebs, grime and dust, they can be displayed for the enjoyment of others who are primed for nostalgia or curious about the way we lived in a different era.

via Trash or treasure? Rural museums struggle with growing collections – Bush Telegraph – ABC Radio National (Australian Broadcasting Corporation).

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One thought on “Trash or treasure? Rural museums struggle with growing collections – Bush Telegraph – ABC Radio National (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

  1. There was quite a wealth of history lying around in Gympie where I was raised as that was the mining town which pulled the newly established state of Queensland out of bankruptcy with gold finds there. I’ve seen much of what the news item talked about in farm barns around the Sunshine Coast too. Some of it is collected and preserved for future generations to ogle at, but much has been destroyed over my lifetime.

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