Expert to shed new light on Lake Mac history

Date posted: 14 December 2018

Moves are underway to shed new light on Lake Macquarie’s rich history and the artefacts that bring it to life.

Lake Macquarie City Council is seeking to appoint a heritage expert to work with local historical groups, auditing significant items in their collections.

Cultural Services Manager Jacqui Hemsley said there had never been a citywide survey to gauge the breadth and depth of historic items held.

“We’ve got some wonderful historical societies with some amazing collections, but in order to make those collections more accessible to the community and to use them in public programs, we need to know exactly what they are,” Ms Hemsley said.

“We need someone to work with these groups and Council’s Cultural Services staff to find out what we have and how significant these items are.”

The successful applicant will work with three historical groups: the Teralba Miners Museum, the West Wallsend Mining Museum and the Rathmines Catalina Cultural Association.

Ms Hemsley said he or she would have wide experience working for museums and/or heritage institutions.

Funding for the consultant will be provided by the NSW Government’s NSW Heritage Grants (Community Heritage Projects) program.

Expressions of interest close on 7 January 2019.

Go to Council’s Social History and Heritage Programs page for more information.

Article by Lake Macquarie City Council

Page last updated: 14 December 2018