This small country historical society museum has never been able to lift itself out of the good amateur attempt bracket. A lot of the items and artifacts on display are important and historically significant in the story of white settlement in Australia. Port Macquarie was, after all, a penal settlement of some significance and eventually a free settlement with some interesting touches, like wineries, sugar cane production. Port Macquarie had a nice wide and deep navigable river which gave access to timber further upstream. So there is an interesting story to be told. The collection is housed in an old convict built building that was lived in until quite recently by an old family in the district. There are rooms set up as they were mid 20th Century. This is a Museum worth visiting, but with a bit of appropriate funding this could be so much better. And safer. Sadly, over the years there have been some losses of valuable and important items, but I guess that's a risk that goes with the budget within which it has to operate.
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