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“Your Country Historical Society Museum”

Port Macquarie Museum
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Reviewed January 4, 2014

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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Reviewed January 1, 2014

Loved the exhibition of clothing of the day. Which included clothing with various functions eg uniforms, lady, maid, farmers, children etc. Also some beautiful china.

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Reviewed December 15, 2013

The lovely ladies running this museum are a credit to the Port Mac hospitality industry. They were extremely welcoming and helpful and happy for me to just take my time through the museum. I agree with one of the other reviews suggesting that it seems a bit chaotic - lacking a theme in the rooms out the back, but there's a nice sequencing and narrative in the front room. The hosts were fantastic on recommending other tourist sites to visit around town.

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Reviewed November 13, 2013

During our holiday to this beautiful town of Port Macquarie, an unexpected surged of rain just poured like a woman scorned. We did however found this historic museum interesting amusing ourselves with dress up and amongst other things. Some great historical collection, well done Port Macquarie..

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Reviewed October 26, 2013

A small museum run by keen volunteers - have a look and understand a bit about the past and the people that created Port Macquarie from convicts through to the free settlers.

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