Camden Museum re-opens after Covid-19 shut down

Camden Museum volunteers Frances and Harry Warner are delighted to see the museum re-opened to the public. Picture: Supplied

Camden Museum volunteers Frances and Harry Warner are delighted to see the museum re-opened to the public. Picture: Supplied

Residents looking to find out a little more about local history can now take a gander at the Camden Museum.

The museum has reopened after several months of being closed due to the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic.

Camden Historical Society vice president John Wrigley said some Camden residents still say, 'I didn't know we had a museum'.

"The Camden Museum has been open for 50 years," he said.

"The Museum is owned and operated by the Camden Historical Society and is located at 40 John Street, Camden, in a building owned by Camden Council as part of the Camden Library complex."

The Camden Historical Society was established in 1957 by a small group of local history buffs.

"In the late 1960s, thanks to a group of forward-thinking volunteers, a plan was made for a museum," Mr Wrigley said.

"The new Museum was opened before a large assembled crowd on June, 20 1970 by Major General Sir Denzil Macarthur-Onslow as a patron of the Historical Society.

"As the new museum neared its opening the word went out that items were needed for the museum.

"Many items that are in the collection were donated at that time, including some of the 'treasures' of the museum."

Renowned Camden artist Alan Baker donated an oil painting called, Camden From the Grove, which still has pride of place in the museum reception area today.

"Many families made donations of beautiful china, trophies, Edison phonographs, furniture, tools, household equipment and a remarkable uniform from the Macarthur family," Mr Wrigley said.

"It was owned and worn by Francis Montgomery Onslow of the Second Madras Cavalry, and dates from 1882.

Mr Wrigley said the museum collection included large donations from two remarkable women in Camden's history: Miss Llewella Davies and Dr Liz Kernohan.

"Miss Llewella Davies, who died in 2000, was an enthusiastic foundation member of both Camden Historical Society and its museum and was a great advocate for heritage conservation in the Camden area," he said.

"Her donations led to 163 items coming into the collection,making her the most prolific single donor for the museum.

"Significant items are her OAM medal, extensive badge collection, silver and pewter collections, photographs, telescope and Chinese abacus."

Former Camden mayor and MP, Dr. Liz Kernohan's AM medal, Paul Harris Fellow medallion, Parliamentary gold travel pass, car number plate 'LIZ MP', framed certificates, various badges and more reside in the museum.

Camden Museum has grown significantly since it was first established.

A team of volunteers keeps the museum open weekly from 11am to 4pm on Thursday to Sunday.

Covid-19 safety restrictions are in place with a maximum of 10 people allowed entry to the museum at one time.

Details: 4655 3400.