Past revival

FUNDS raised from a car boot sale at Border Flywheelers Museum in Barham this Sunday will keep local history alive, according to museum volunteer, Jenny Mathers.

"The museum is about keeping the history alive for people to know about and school kids to learn about," Mrs Mathers said. 

"Our motto is preserving the past for the future.

"Money we raise will help keep it running, we've got power and water bills and repairs, and the fellas are always restoring engines and other farm equipment." 

The museum, exhibits historical farm machinery, engines, and other tools and artefacts of the farming community along the Murray Darling Basin. 

It features a collection of vintage tractors, trucks, blackstone engines, printing presses from the Barham Bridge newspaper, and a Fowler steam plough on loan from its owner. 

Some pieces of equipment have been restored to working condition while others are presented as they were found.

The museum also contains indigenous stone artefacts. 

There are flint stones and a grinding bowl, which have been displayed with permission from the Baraparapa people, and a painting called The Keeping Place by Wadi Wadi artist, Robyn Davis. 

This painting tells the story of the objects being gathered in one place.

A fully equipped kitchen, laundry, and items from an old hospital installed in the old brickworks building. 

In addition there are two kilns which are over 100 years old. 

"It's not just any old boring museum," Mrs Mathers said. 

"We get a lot of compliments about what a really good selection we've got."

The car boot sale, from 8.30am to 1pm, Sunday, is open to sellers of both new and used items. 

There will be a lucky stallholder's prize. 

The Border Flywheelers Club Heritage Museum is located at the J.R. Jamieson and Co. Brickworks at 9 Jamieson Ave, Barham. 

The club hopes to hold fundraising car boot sales fortnightly.

Running a stall costs $10. 

Admission to the museum is $5.

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