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Exhibition launch
150 years of Dame Mary Gilmore:  
Dreaming of newer note

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The Museum will be hosting a special birthday celebration as we launch our newest exhibition150 years of Dame Mary Gilmore:  Dreaming of newer note and mark Dame Mary Gilmore's birthday with some yummy cake and readings by local writers.

This exhibition pays tribute to Dame Mary Gilmore (16th August 1865 – 3rd December 1962) and marks 150 years since her birth date. Featuring recollections of both the everyday and the extraordinary from her book Old Days: Old Ways, many of these thought-provoking, moving memories are set in and around the Wagga Wagga district.  This exhibition will be on display at the Historic Council Chambers site from Friday 7 August until Sunday 22 November.

Join us for this celebration, with light refreshments and presentations by Booranga Writers Centre's David Gilbey and CSU English lecturer Lachlan Brown. 

When: Saturday 8 August, at 10:30am -12 noon
Where: Museum of the Riverina, Historic Council Chambers site

The Art of Paper folding

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Join artist Tricia Harrison for this how-to workshop, inspired by the exhibition Writtenworlds: handwritten local histories. This exhibition features fragile letters, memoirs and postcards spanning two centuries, from museum collections across the region. Tricia is a local Wagga artist and designer who's intricate paper sculptures have brought the Writtenworlds exhibition to life. Tricia will lead this workshop for adults so you can learn how to make your own beautiful and inspiring folded paper sculptures. A small booklet will be provided to make your own folded book sculpture or bring your own old books you no longer want.  

Where: Museum of the Riverina, Historic Council Chambers site
When: Saturday 25th July from 2pm-3pm


Serving country, serving community 


To celebrate NAIDOC week the Museum welcomes special guest Hewitt Whyman to share his military and community experiences. Hewitt will provide a first hand account of serving country to support the Museum's current exhibition Bumalduhaany Fighter Warrior – Remembering our Aboriginal soldiers.

Hewitt Whyman is a Vietnam veteran who has lived in Wagga since 1974, he has been married to his wife Dorothy for 46 years and has 4 children and 12 grandchildren. Hewitt has worked actively in the community for 46 years on Aboriginal affairs and the collective reconciliation goals which NAIDOC week celebrates. He will discuss service from an Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander perspective and expand ideas on ways in which we can all collectively serve country and remember the ANZAC's.

Please RSVP the Museum on 69 269 655 or if you would like to attend Hewitt's presentation. There will be light refreshments served and lots of opportunity to ask questions.

Where: Museum of the Riverina, Historic Council Chambers site
When: 11 am -12 noon on Friday the 10th of July

The Lion, the witch and the wardrobe


Wagga Wagga City Council presents an adaption of C.S. Lewis' timeless children's story. Join Peter and Lucy as they recount their courageous story of fantasy and adventure, teaming up with the mighty Aslan to save the world of Narnia from the icy grip of the White Witch. After the show discover Wagga Wagga's stories through the Museum of the Riverina's collection. 

Uranquinty Community Hall - SOLD OUT
Tuesday 7th July

Oura Community Hall - SOLD OUT
Wednesday 8th July

Collingullie Soldiers Memorial Hall
Thursday 9th July

Ladysmith Memorial Hall
Friday 10th July

When: 10am & 1pm each day

Cost: $5 each | $4 for groups of 4+


 Secret messages  

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Tricia Harrison, will lead this workshop for kids inspired by the  exhibition, Writtenworlds: handwritten local histories. This show features fragile letters, memoires and postcards spanning two centuries, from museum collections across the region. Tricia's intricate paper sculptures have brought the Writtenworlds exhibition to life. For this workshop, Tricia will inspire creative minds to produce secret messages!

Where: Museum of the Riverina Historic Council Chambers site
When: Tuesday 30 June, 10.30am – 12pm and 1.30 – 3pm (please note the afternoon session has been cancelled)
Cost: $5 per child accompanied by an adult/carer

Bookings essential 69269655 or


Create your own Written World


Using recycled paper, card and cardboard we will show you how to recreate the bits of your life you hold most dear. For this workshop, Tricia will show budding world-makers how to engage their inner architect to create mini magical kingdoms!

Where: Museum of the Riverina Historic Council Chambers site
When: Wednesday 1 July, 10.30am – 12.30pm and 1.30pm – 3.30pm
Cost: $5 per child accompanied by an adult/carer

Bookings essential 69269655 or  

Investigating First World War records 

World war 1 workshop 

Finding, reading and understanding service records from the First World War.

Samantha Leah, historian and heritage consultant will help you track down a relatives service
records, and also offer insight into interpreting the information you find.

In this FREE community workshop Samantha will help you peice together the puzzle of service
records, dates and abbreviations to create a personal family story.

Let's talk about death and dying


During National Palliative Care Week the Museum is hosting a candid and challenging seminar with Dr. Johannes Klabbers, National Coordinator of Exit International. Johannes will outline the advantages of being prepared for death and openly talking about it with your friends and family in an entertaining and informative seminar.

The Seminar will conclude with a local panel discussion, with guests Christopher Orchard, CSU, interdisciplinary researcher in the School of Communication and Creative Industries, Toni Coleman, Palliative Care Registered Nurse, Murrumbidgee Local Health District and Graeme Burgmann, Director of Beavan's Funeral Homes. 

Exploring the soldiers, events, and the spirit that created the Anzac Legend. This 50 minute theatre production covers the background of WW1, putting the Gallipoli landing in context, before focusing in on the Anzacs. Who were the Anzacs? Why were they at Gallipoli? What happened, and what legacy was created? For children aged 9-12 (grade 3-6) accompanied by an adult/carer

Stories from South Campus


Charles Sturt University's South Campus has been home to many learning institutions and cultural facilities over the years, and has provided a temporary home to countless students throughout the University's history. Join historian, Dr. Nancy Blacklow as she delves into the site's history and its contribution to the Wagga story.

From Wagga Wagga to the Dardanelles

ANZAC Public Talk

In the lead up to ANZAC Day, Leonie Moore will share the stories of her travels in the 2nd Division Commemorative Battlefields Tour and shed light on Australia's involvement in the Galipolli campaign and the forging of the ANZAC legend.  





Curator's Talk

Join exhibition curator, Dr Rachael Vincent, to discover more about the Museum's unique handwritten collections and experience a guided tour of the exhibition highlights.


Earth Hour Plus One!
Are you a member of 1 Million Women?  Or a woman wanting to learn more and do more to combat climate change?  Bring a friend along and celebrate Earth Hour 2015 enjoying spectacular views of our beautiful city from the balcony of the Museum of the Riverina Botanic Gardens.  Dr Andrew Wallace will present the latest findings on how climate change will impact our region and how we can all take measures to make a difference.  The talk will be followed by wine and cheese by candlelight as we join with millions of people around the planet acknowledging Earth Hour.



Following a childhood spent in Papua New Guinea, Peter J. Casey's career went on to be set to musical score, including a stint as a pianist on Play School during which he was too star struck to speak to Noni Hazelhurst.

Showered with accolades for his one-man cabaret shows Closes on Saturday Night, Alone and Renaissance Bloke, the composer, performer and high school teacher has conquered audiences at Canberra's Street Theatre, the Famous Spiegeltent in Brisbane, the Butterfly Club in Melbourne, New York's Town Hall and more.

"… deservedly conquered the house
 … People were weeping with laughter,
 hooting with pleasure and cheering at the

Deborah Jones - THE AUSTRALIAN

Enjoy an evening of Peter J. Casey's characteristically melodious and hilariously naughty style.

Worth Their Weight in Gold: 
International Women's Day Curatorial Talk. 

Celebrate the 40th Anniversary of International Women's Day this weekend with Museum curator, Michelle Maddison who will reveal the stories of the Women from Wagga who contributed to the War effort both at home and on foreign shores. Featuring songs perfomed by the RSL Rural Commemorative Youth Choir.


The Country Wife

In the tradition of Strength to Strength comes an unforgettable memoir of heartbreak and triumph.When she is five, Anne Gorman's family disintegrates. After thirteen pregnancies and the death of two children, her devout Catholic mother has a breakdown and Anne and her sisters are placed in a convent.Struggling to survive a childhood marred by fear and uncertainty, Anne sees education as her lifeline to freedom. After graduating from university, she's set to take on the world.But her plans come unstuck when she falls in love. Marrying a farmer and becoming a mother of five was a life she never imagined. Yet in this alien landscape she finds love and a sense of belonging.When her husband becomes gravely ill, Anne has to find the courage to keep the farm and her family afloat. Against a backdrop of dramatic historic change, from the shadow of war to the rise of feminism, an uncertain young girl grows into a woman of substance.


About Anne Gorman

Anne Gorman was born in Mudgee, the eleventh child in her family. After graduating from Sydney University with a BA and a post graduate degree in Medical Social Work, her career plans hadn't factored in her decision to marry a farmer and move to a sheep and wheat property in the Riverina. When her husband became gravely ill, Anne had to take up the reins to keep the property afloat and bring up their five children alone. She later went on to have a long and highly successful professional career, including serving as Head of the Australian Government's task force for International Year of the Child to the United Nations. In 2003 she established The Institute of Executive Coaching with an American partner. Her clients included Telstra, BHP, ANZ and state and federal government departments. The Country Wife is her first book.

Anne will be joined on International Women's Day by Jan Roberts from the Wagga Wagga Women's Health Centre who will share a broader history of Women's Health in Wagga Wagga.



The Access All Areas Film Festival is a free, family-friendly film festival that aims to promote awareness about accessible cinema, and Australian cinema in general, and is for people with and without disability alike, making culture accessible to everyone.



Autumn means Gold Cups and fresh fashions!
Renew your wardrobe and innovate your style at a free Fashion Exchange event. Bring five items or accessories from your own wardrobe and encourage your friends to do the same then exchange with other fashion innovators at this free social event presented in association with the touring exhibition Emporium on display now until Sunday 22 


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Map to Bob Osborne Skills Centre

Volunteer Initiated Museum (VIM) Leg Up Grants are available from Museums & Galleries of NSW to help you attend this workshop: For more information or if you would like an application form please contact the Museum Programs and Collections Coordinator:


Emporium - Curatorial Floortalk

Take a walk through the Emporium Gallery with exhibition curator, Bridget Guthrie, Museum and Social History Coordinator from Albury LibraryMuseum who will guide you through this beautiful touring exhibition from Albury City, sharing insight into the design of the exhibitions and the rise of Abihkair's Albury Department store. 

Trench Art Christmas Decorations

 In the trenches in World War I, soldiers would pass the time by turning discarded objects into beautiful works of art. Come and see some trench art then have a go at making your own, using found objects, to hang on your Christmas tree.

This workshop is presented in association with the exhibition, He Belonged to Wagga: Our ANZAC Story (!914-1919). 

The Museum of the Riverina invites you to share an afternoon of cultural harmony with special guests, Susan Carland (ABC's Q&A, SBS's Salam Cafe) and Dr. Zacharia Matthews (founding director of Deen Academy, Sydney) to gain a deeper understanding of Muslim culture and practices in Australia. 


Islamic Conversations is an opportunity for Muslim and non-Muslim members of the Wagga Wagga community to unite and share their cultural experiences.

Men and women from all backgrounds are invited to hear talks on the rights of women in Islam and the political and personal aspects of being Muslim Woman in contemporary Australia; as well as share in food, traditional music, exotic teas and hijab tying. Audience members will also have the opportunity to ask questions about Muslim cultural practices in Australia.

Islamic Conversations will take place from 12pm-3:30pm on Saturday 15 Novmeber. If you'd like to attend this free event,  be sure to send your RSVP to or call the Museum on 6926 9655 to reserve your place. Group bookings are more than welcome. Presented in conjunction with the touring exhibition, Faith Fashion Fusion: Muslim Women's Style in Australia, developed by Sydney's Powerhouse Museum.


"I have been there"

Wagga and its returned soldiers of the First World War.


Public lecture presented by Ian Hodges, Historian, Department of Veterans' Affairs, Canberra

Between 1915 and 1919 hundreds of Wagga men who had served in the Great War came home.  Many who arrived before the Armistice bore obvious and debilitating wounds, but none who had been in the AIF were unaffected by their experience.  In the lead up to Remembrance Day, this talk explores how Wagga's returned soldiers made their way back into community life, and how they were regarded by people who had not been to the war.


Research and Publish

Your Family History Photobook 


Do you have a convict in your family? In this workshop, co-hosted by Sydney Living Museums and Momento, historian Jane Kelso will share the tricks of the trade on how to trace convict ancestry and interpret the historical record. Using examples from the Hyde Park Barracks in Sydney, Jane will uncover the convict world and invite you to share some of your stories. The workshop will also include details on how to share your own family history with friends and family through the creation of a unique photobook.



Little Big Shots - International Film Festival for Kids 2013 

This is an inspiring and fun-filled festival, featuring the best in Australian and international children's short films. Little Big Shots is supported by Media Giants, Screen Australia, Film Victoria, The City of Melbourne and Screen NSW.

Where: Museum's Historic Council Chambers site, Cnr Baylis and Morrow Sts

When: Wednesday 3 July 
10:30am Tykes to Ten film selection (4-10 year olds),  
12:30pm Six to Tween package (6-12 year olds)

Thursday 4 July
10:30am Little Tykes selection (3-7 year olds) 
12:30pm Best of Festival package (ages 5+) 

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Launch of the exhibition Living in a Sensory World:
Stories from people with blindness and low vision

Join us for the launch of the exhibition Living in a Sensory World: Stories from people with blindness and low vision  Jan Chisholm, General Manager Fundraising, from Vision Australia will be joining us as the guest speaker to launch this exhibition.

Today, Australians with blindness or low vision participate in every aspect of community life, thanks to developments in education, training, technology, legislation and social change over the past 140 years.

This exhibition gives visitors an understanding of the world of the blindness and low vision community and celebrates their achievements.

When: Wednesday 29 May, from 6:30 - 8pm
Where: Museum's Historic Council Chambers site
Cost: FREE 
RSVP: 6926 9655 or

This exhibition was developed by Vision Australia in partnership with the Powerhouse Museum, it is also supported by Visions of Australia. It will be on display until Sunday 21 July.

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NSW Arts Funding Program Briefing Sessions

Arts NSW invites you to learn more about their grants and how to apply for them. This information session will cover what Arts NSW do and who they are, types of grants available, tips for a successful application and questions and answers.

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Storytelling at the Museum

Join us for a story and a singalong with local musician Geoff Simpson! We will take a walk and explore some Wiradjuri history down by the Wollundry Lagoon, followed by some singing, dancing and special stories about the creatures who make their home close by.

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Make Mum's May! 

In the second week of the holidays children can bring along their creativity to the Museum and make Mum (or someone else special) a Mother's Day present!

Drawing inspiration from the museum's collection of Depression Era objects and using everyday bits and pieces children will be able to make an item of jewellery Mum will love and make her a card too.

Children will learn some great techniques to recycle old stuff into new accessories with local Art Educator Trish Harrison.

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Special late night viewing - Instrumental in Defence

On Friday the 1stof March our latest exhibition Instrumental in Defence will open to the public. This day just happens to be the Australian Army's birthday and the Australian Army Band Kapooka will feature in the Twilight by the Lagoon Finale that night. The Museum's Historic Council Chambers site will stay open late to celebrate and you can be one of the first people to view the Instrumental in Defence exhibition, before heading down to the Lagoon for the FREE concert.

Twilight by the Lagoon Finale will feature the Australian Army Band Kapooka and special guest Katie Underwood for a wonderful evening of music under the stars with a Laser Show, in the Civic Gardens Precinct. It will be held Friday 1 March at 7pm.

The Museum's Historic Council Chambers site will stay open from 5-7pm on this evening, so you can wander in and see our latest exhibition, before settling down to the music, or just drop in on the way home from work. So save this date to step into the world of the Australian Army Band Kapooka, one of only seven Australian Army bands, based here in Wagga Wagga! 

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Access to Funding

Museums & Galleries NSW, in partnership with the Museum of the Riverina, will be presenting Access to Funding, a workshop delivering skills and specialist knowledge to make accessing funds a reality for museums and galleries in the Riverina. Join speakers from federal and state organisations as they offer insights into their funding programs.Access to Funding will provide a chance to talk through projects face to face with funding representatives as well as hints on writing winning grant applications.

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Family Forensic Summer Fun   

Come and join one of the great science activities provided for children by Scienza Viva in Wagga Wagga. This FREE program is for parents/caregivers and their children to enjoy together. This is a public program for the touring exhibition The Force: 150 years of NSW Police.
Thursday 24 January, 2013

Lets have fun with Science is for 7 to 10 year olds, investigating science in fun workshops. 2 x sessions 10 - 11am and 11.30am - 12.30pm

Forensic flying squad will allow 11 & 12 year olds to get involved with solving a murder teaching them freaky forensic activities! 1 x session, 2 – 4pm. Please note this workshop is FULL, however we can direct you to the same workshop at other venues on different days.

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Build a Birdhouse! Twigs + Mud = Fun

Bring along your bush skills and you parent or carer and build a birdhouse drawing on traditional Australian building methods and materials, like wattle and daub. Brian Beasley, a local rustic furniture maker, will also demonstrate how to make a bush stool and sing a ukulele song about it too!
A program for 6-12 yr olds. Tuesday 15 and Thursday 17 January, 9:30am-12:30pm at the Museums Botanic Gardens site, Lord Baden Powell Drive, Willans Hill.

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Olga the Brolga

Join us for the enchanting story of Olga the Brolga, written by acclaimed Australian Author and award winning Illustrator, Rod Clement, for younger children, 3-7years old. This tale will be told through storytelling, drama and dance. On at the Museum's Historic Council Chambers site on Tuesday 8 January and repeated on Thursday 10 January, 10-11am.

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Access All Areas Film Festival

To mark International Day for People with a Disability the Access All Areas Film Festival will be held at the Museum's Historic Council Chambers site. Films include ten of the best new Australian short films with something for everyone. Including award-winning and family friendly shorts, this festival is sure to delight film lovers of all ages, whilst also screening films specifically tailored for people with a disability. Access All Areas aims to provide access to the festival in as many ways as possible, catering to audience members with mobility, hearing or visual impairment as well as to their friends, families and carers.

A repeat program will be screened on Friday 30 November, from 10.30am – 12noon, and 6.30pm – 9pm, along with a Saturday morning session, Saturday 1 December from 10.30am – 12noon. The aim of the film festival is to increase film access for people with a disability. All films are screened with Open Captions and feature a Hearing Loop, for people who are Deaf or hard of hearing.  They also will be played with Open Audio Description, for people who are Blind of have low vision.

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Lives in the Landscape 

Discover how Dame Mary Gilmore helped to save our birdlife.
Marvel at the obstacles faced by settlers as they worked the Riverina soils.
Learn how to take amazing photographs of birds in their natural habitat.

You are invited to a seminar titled 'Lives in the Landscape', where you can learn more about the exhibition The Sauntering Emu & other stories: Life with the Birds of the Riverina.  You will hear from exhibition curator, Rachael Vincent, NSW Department of Primary Industries - Agronomist for Wagga Wagga, Nigel Phillips, and internationally renowned local wildlife photographer, Peter Merritt.

When: Saturday 24 November, commencing at 10am for a 10:30am start, until 12noon
Where: Museum's Botanic Gardens site
Bookings: For bookings phone 69 269 655 oremail Light refreshments will be served at this FREE event.

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Images: Clyde-Whitlock ploughs on train carriages bound for Wagga Wagga, 1912, Museum of the Riverina Collection.
Australasian Pelicans, photographer, Peter Merritt  

Launch of the The Force: 150 years of NSW Police 

This new touring exhibition celebrates 150 years of policing in NSW through a rich collection of photographs, objects and film footage. You can discover the stories behind Australia's oldest police force at a public presentation. Join us and guest speaker, exhibition curator, Anna Cossu from the Historic Houses Trust of NSW. Light refreshments will be served at this event.

Cost: FREE
Where: Museum's Historic Council Chambers site
When: This Saturday 27 October, from 11am til 12:30pm
Bookings: Everyone is welcome to attend this FREE event, RSVP's please to 69 269 655 or email

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Image: Traffic control hand signal demonstration, Darlington. Police Photographer Norman Merchant, 17 August 1950. NSW Police Forensic Photography Archive, Justice & Police Museum, Historic Houses Trust

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Join the Museum's Peace Crane project!

Help us make 2012 'peace' origami cranes for installation at the Museum's Historic Council Chambers site for Wagga's cultural street festival, Fusion 2012.

You will be able to see the 2012 cranes installed at the Museum's Historic Council Chambers site during Fusion 2012, Wagga's cultural street festival, on Saturday 20 0ctober. You can call in and make cranes all day during the festival.

All are welcome to make cranes and children must be accompanied by an adult or carer.

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Make and grow your own Terrariums

Come along and create your own miniature world.

Cost: Each workshop will cost $5 per child
Where: Museum's Botanic Gardens site
When: Tuesday 25, Wednesday 26 and Thursday 27 September,
from 10:30am–12:30pm.
Bookings essential: 69 269 655 or

These workshops are designed for 5-12 yr olds who are accompanied by an adult or carer.

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Learn how to make films with an ABC Open project

Know someone who is mad about sport?

Learn how to make a film about them with ABC Open's 110% project...

ABC Open currently has two exciting video projects on offer and you're invited to get involved. Join an information session with Sonya Gee, the ABC Open producer for the Riverina to find out more about these two projects and how you can get involved in several free video making workshops.

Sonya will take you through the 110% sports documentary project and give you some basic tips about shooting live action and sport with the equipment you have at home.  If you're interested in making your own 2 minute documentary for the project starring a local sports enthusiast, Sonya will take you through the production process and answer your questions.  The session will run for an hour.

Hear all about ABC Open's Day in the Life project which incorporates time-lapse photography and video.  Sonya will introduce you to a few time-lapse techniques and show you some great examples from regional Australia. You might want to create a film about someone special in your town or profile an activity or occupation that has always interested you. Come along and find out how to create your own Day in the Life film.

Both projects are open to all ages, for more information and bookings please contact Sonya on Sonya Gee 69 234 826 or

Kai doing Karate

Photographer: Luke Wong

People & Place

Celebrate History Week 2012 at the museum. Come along and listen to a public presentation by historian, Dr Nancy Blacklow who is currently researching the many layers of history to be found in Fitzmaurice and Baylis Streets, Wagga Wagga.  

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Historic Fitzmaurice street. Museum of the Riverina collection

The Colourful, Wonderful Universe 

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Recent advances in science have changed our understanding of our universe, while digital cameras have revolutionised the way we take photographs.  Armed with this new technology, astronomers now have unprecedented clear views of the wonders that make up the universe that we live in.

Join Dr Graeme White, Adjunct Professor at Charles Sturt University for a 1 hour presentation as he describes some of the amazing objects out there and demonstrates some of the best astronomical photographs ever taken. This presentation will be followed by a 30 minute outdoor stargazing session (weather and cloud permitting) using large telescopes belonging to the Wagga Wagga Observatory project at the Museum's Historic Council Chambers site. Bookings not required.

When: Wednesday 15 August
Time: 6pm - 8pm
Where: Museum's Historic Council Chambers site
Cost: FREE

PechaKucha Night

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On Thursday 16 August you can check out this international smash hit for yourself at the Museum's Historic Council Chambers site. From 6pm - 8pm you can listen to 8 regional speakers presenting a diverse range of ideas at this FREE event. There will be a refreshment break between the short, sharp idea sharing sessions that are PechaKucha. See you there!

When: Thursday 16 August
Time: 6pm - 8pm
Where: Museum's Historic Council Chambers site
Cost: FREE

Launch of ABC Open: Now and Then -
A photographic exhibition with a twist

You are invited to the launch of the ABC Open: Now and Then exhibition

When: Saturday 11 August
Time: 11am-12pm
Where: Museum's Historic Council Chambers site
Cost: FREE

This multimedia exhibition contains historical photos from our region which are rephotographed in their current setting, creating a unique window back in time. It revisits personal and community photographic collections to celebrate the rich history, landscape and culture of the Riverina, including photographs, stories and videos from Wagga Wagga, Henty, Hay, Temora, Tumut, Ladysmith and Griffith. 

Sonya Gee, ABC Open producer for the Riverina, has been working with high school groups, camera clubs and keen photographers from around the region in preparation for this exhibition, which will be on display until Sunday 14 October.

At this launch you will be taken on a tour of the exhibition with several photographers who took part in this creative national project, as they tell the story behind their photographs from now and then.

Please RSVP or phone 69 269 655 if you would like to attend this FREE event.

To find out more about ABC Open visit   

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Then photo: Dignitaries gather outside the Historic Council Chambers for an official welcome for the NSW Governor and his wife, Lord and Lady Chelmsford, photographer unknown - 1912, courtesy the State Library of NSW. Now photo: Christopher Orchard, 2012

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Identify Identity, Identikit

Donate your face to the Museum of the Riverina's artist in residence, Tony Curran!  Tony will develop an identikit - a kit full of facial features of all different, shapes, sizes and characters - and he needs you!  Using this old police procedure, Tony will build a portrait of the Riverina using the features from people who visit the Museum. This is a public program for the Femme fatale exhibition.

Wander in to the Historic Council Chambers site on a Saturday between March 31 and June 16 from 10am - 4pm if you would like to be part of the Riverina's unique identity.

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Artwork by Tony Curran

Check out the Identify, Identity, Identikit - Moving Poster  

Sex, sin and slashings
- A slice of history on the women from Long Bay gaol

This event is part of the upcoming Historic Houses Trust touring exhibition Femme Fatale: the female criminal, which will open at the Museum on Friday 30 March. Curator Nerida Campbell will present this public lecture about this exhibition. Nerida will reveal the stories of many of Australia's wildest women, including those made famous by the recent television series Underbelly; Kate Leigh and Tilly Devine, and some lesser known scandalous females, like Iris Webber, Dulcie Markham and Eugenia Falleni. Other real female criminals at Long Bay gaol between 1915 and 1930 are depicted, including Muriel Goldsmith who was found guilty of stealing money and jewellery from the Criterion Hotel in Wagga Wagga in 1915.

A FREE public presentation from 2-3pm on Saturday 31 March at the Museum of the Riverina's Historic Council Chambers site.

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Image: Muriel Goldsmith who was found guilty of stealing money and jewellery from the Criterion Hotel in Wagga Wagga in 1915.

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The Good Oil - A history of Olive Oil in the Riverina.

You can come and taste the Riverina olive oil industry at our night designed to explore the history and taste test a selection of the region's olive oil. This night will explore the quality and characteristics of local olives, the local history of olive oil and the national industry role played here in Wagga Wagga.

Special guest presenters Dr Rod Mailer and Peter Olson will share with us the story of growth and development of the Olive Oil Industry in this area and some tips on how to taste it!

The event will be on Thursday 22 March 2012 from 6pm - 8pm at the Historic Council Chambers site.

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Download Summer_School_flyer_MOR_new_A4.pdf ABC Open Summer school - technology explained (164KB)

This summer ABC Open is taking the mystery out of technology and holding a series of free workshops where you can have your questions answered

The Museum of the Riverina is hosting three sessions over summer:

Social Media: A step-by-step guide to Twitter and Facebook
Find out who uses social media and why, how to keep on top of privacy settings and a guide to online etiquette.

How to make the most of your holiday snaps
Find out how to download your photos from camera or phone, resize images, make albums and publish your images online.  Laptops, cameras and mobile phones are welcome but not compulsory for this session. 

You can also visit the ABC Open webpage to view digital media projects from around the country. Image credit: Andrew Braithwaite.

Wild and wacky
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Design & build your own wacky object inspired by the Odditoreum, suitable for kids aged 6-12yrs. Tuesday 10, Wednesday 11, Thursday 12 Jan 2012, 10:30 -12:30 am at the Museum's Botanic Gardens site.

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Curlewing the Landscape

Jan and Neville Lubke are farmers from Jindera and part of the Nature Conservation Working Group. This environmental group is undertaking a captive breeding and release program with the endangered Bush Stone-curlew within the Riverina.

Jan and Neville will demonstrate the progress they are making with captive breeding, as they aim to create 'sustainable pockets' of the last remaining Bush Stone Curlews in our region.  Learn what you can do to help dwindling species survive in our urban and rural landscapes. Saturday 10 December 10:00 - 12:00pm at the Museums' Botanic Gardens site

View Jan and Neville Lubke's Place story on Curlewing the Landscape

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Image: Jan and Neville Lubke with a Bush Stone Curlew, which is part of a captive breeding program

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Tell the stories behind your favourite photos. They say a picture tells a thousand words, but often it's only half the story.  Sometimes the best memories come from recalling the stories behind the photo.

Maybe it's a story of travel and adventure. Perhaps the photo brings back memories of sharing special times with a dear friend or loved one.  ABC Open is inviting you to share your stories of the moments behind your favourite photos.

ABC Open digital storytelling workshop Saturday 19 November and Saturday 26 November, Museum's Historic Council Chambers site
For more information contact Sonya Gee from ABC Open on 69 234 826 or

Check out some examples of locals sharing their favourite photos:

Double the fun - Stories from Wagga Wagga Multiple Births Association
The Old Austin A40 - By Barry Williams

Moment behind the photo image

Mapping our Anzacs

This 2 hour seminar will provide community groups and members of the public with the opportunity to explore the unique National Archives collection and specifically WW1 service records, through the Mapping Our Anzacs website.

National Archives staff will present the workshop and attendees will learn how to generate scrapbooks and tributes associated with their communities through the website. The workshop will be held Saturday 5 November, 10.30am - 12:30pm at the Museum's Historic Council Chambers site.

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James Fleming: Courtesy of Margaret Fleming  

Acclaimed songwriter Holly Throsby visits the Museum's Botanic Gardens site!

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Image: A Loud Call press shot, photo by Yanni Kronenberg

The Museum of the Riverina and the Booranga Writers' Centre welcome Holly Throsby to the Museum's Botanic Gardens site on Saturday 22 October, 1-4pm. Holly is a songwriter, singer and musician and an ARIA award nominee, who has released five albums. During October Holly is also the Writer in Residence at the Booranga Writers' Centre, Charles Sturt University. As part of this residency Holly will be playing this FREE all ages concert. Bree van Reyk will be accompanying Holly on percussion and accordion, and as Holly says on her web page ' whatever else we can fit in the car'

Little Big Day Out

Little Big Day Out is hosted by Wagga Wagga City Council at the Wollundry Lagoon in the school holidays. Here are the results of the Museum's mystery object guessing competition.

1. A candle mould
2. A fireman's hand held water pump
3. Beer taps
4. A rolling pin - if anyone knows what the grooves are for we would love to know!
5. Telegraph pole insulator
6. Citrus juicer
7. Electrical current tester
8. Iron stand - called a trivet

Congratulations to everyone who guessed correctly or used their creative thinking cap to come up with an unusual answer. Prizes will be awarded to some of the best answers in the coming weeks, they can be picked up at the Museum's Botanic Gardens site if you get a phone call.

School holiday fun with Flickerfest

The Museum of the Riverina and Flickerfest are proud to present Flickerkids, a delightfully entertaining program of short films for kids. Fun for ages 5 - 11 years. BYO cushion.

Download Museum_of_the_Riverina_FlickerKids_programme_Sept_2011.pdf Program (34KB)

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Download Stayin'_Alive_P4S_Flyer.pdf Stayin' alive - Planning for Sustainability (622KB)

This day is a must for all museums and galleries looking to carry their organisation successfully into the future. Whether you're applying for funding or recruiting new volunteers, it's essential that your organisation has strong, clear plans in place.

Stayin' Alive! Planning for Sustainability is a back-to-basics workshop which looks at different streams of planning that are crucial for cultural organisations: strategic planning, business planning and volunteer recruitment/succession planning. It includes case studies and a practical breakout session.

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Tracking the Dragon
- A history of the Chinese in the Riverina
Public lecture tour

Tracking the Dragon - A history of the Chinese in the Riverina is a research project initiative of the Museum of the Riverina, Wagga Wagga and is funded by the Wagga Wagga City Council, Arts NSW and the NSW Migration Heritage Centre.  Dr Barry McGowan, a Canberra-based historian and heritage consultant and Visiting Fellow at the ANU School of Archaeology and Anthropology, was engaged by the Museum of the Riverina to commence this research project in November 2008.

The Museum of the Riverina, in conjunction with Dr Barry McGowan has organised a Riverina wide public lecture tour which will highlight the research findings of the Tracking the Dragon - A history of the Chinese in the Riverina research project.

Tracking the Dragon - Public Lecture

Image: The Doon family horse 'Lady' won many local prizes for the best and quietest pony. Hearing of the horse's exploits, the Sydney Royal Easter Show organisers invited the family for an exhibition on show days. From left to right the boys are Bob, Ted, John and Eric. From the collection of the Doon family, Tumut.
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Download Museum_Dress_register_invite_August_16.pdf  Australian Dress Register Launch (258KB)

The Powerhouse Museum and the Museum of the Riverina launched the
Australian Dress Register in Wagga Wagga on the 16th of August 2011. The Australian Dress Register is an initiative of the Powerhouse Museum, working with Australian communities. It was launched by Mr Daryl Maguire MP, Member for Wagga Wagga and Government Whip.

The Australian Dress Register is a collaborative, online project about dress in New South Wales pre 1945. This includes men's, women's and children's clothing ranging from the special occasion to the everyday. Museums and private collectors are encouraged to research their garments and share the stories and photographs while the information is still available and within living memory. The Register encourages people to consider their collections very broadly and share what they know about members of their community, what they wore and life in the past. This provides access to a world wide audience while keeping their garments in their relevant location.

Click here to visit the Australian Dress Register

Wagga dance troupe photo

Image: A Wagga Wagga dance troupe including dancer Pauline Harvey (nee Kenyon), taken by Ernest Tooley Studios, c. 1940s.

PechaKucha Night

The final PechaKucha Night for 2011 once again showcased the passions, adventures and projects of creative people from the Riverina.

With its most adventurous line up of speakers so far, sharing innovative, unusual and inspiring creative projects in the region, like the unique thirty year restoration of one of the oldest surviving Rolls Royce Silver Ghost motor cars in the world, live footage of butterflies emerging from coccons, exquisite print-making and a mind blowing collection of Riverina Fungi!

PechaKucha Night

The Great Verandah - School Holiday Program

Featuring museum theatre, object handling and recyclable art making this 2 hour program is guaranteed to captivate your child's curiosity and connect their minds with local history.

The Great Verandah tells the story of the Great Depression in the Riverina as seen through the eyes of a child. This 30 minute live performance will combine poetry, puppetry, historical photographs and classic 1930's tunes to create a dynamic, interactive learning experience.

Children have the unique opportunity to touch and feel Depression-era objects sourced from the Museum's collection.

During the Great Depression recycling was part and parcel of everyday life due to the scarcity of everyday things we now take for granted. Participants will discover the endless uses for things just lying about and have a chance to construct their very own recyclable creation to take home.

The Great Verandah 

Little Big Shots - School Holiday Film Festival

An inspiring, meaningful and fun-filled film festival, Little Big Shots features the best in Australian and International children's shorts, animations, documentaries and amazingly, child-produced films. Proudly supported by Media Giants, the Australian Centre for the Moving Image.

The Australian Refugee Film Festival

The Australian Refugee Film Festival is in its fifth year and brings together an international and eclectic mix of short films from around the world. The film festival's objective is to educate its viewers on the issues surrounding refugees and to highlight the positive contribution that refugees can bring to their new homes.

Find out more:

Australian Refugee Film Festival

Show and Tell your Collection

Do you have a quirky collection that you would like to show off?

In conjunction with our FULLY SICK! exhibition showcasing a private collection of over 200 airline sickness bags from around the world the Museum of the Riverina invites you to come along and show and tell us about your  collection.

Curator, Anne-Marie Conde from the National Museum of Australia, Canberra will be attending this free public session to highlight the work being undertaken by the National Museum of Australia and their Collectorfest series. Anne-Marie will be available to view your collection and answer any questions you may have on collecting and collections.

Collectors Show & Tell

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Show and tell your collection

Boats and Things that Float

Join art educator Tricia Harrison as she explores the boats and things that float in the museum's permanent collection. Then build your very own floating creation using natural and found objects to take home with you. Suitable for ages 5-10 years.

Boats and Things that Float

AGRITYPE: free public exhibition tour

AGRITYPE: Metal farm nameplates in south-east Australia explores rural heritage, investigating the history and cultural significance of agricultural typography. 

Meet the curator, Professor Anthony Cahalan, Dean, Faculty of Arts, Charles Sturt University who will be leading a free public tour around the AGRITYPE exhibition. 

Professor Cahalan will discuss his passion for typography including his ongoing work to create a visual archive of these unique vernacular examples of agricultural typography.

Image:   Stanmore, Borambola, Sturt Highway

AGRITYPE Curatorial Floortalk

Digital Video Workshops, ABC open

Would you like to learn how to film a short video and get it online? Sonya Gee, the ABC Open producer - Riverina, will be running a series of free digital video workshops. Learn the basics of how to film, edit and upload a short video to the internet. Workshop participants will record a short video, filmed in one shot that details a moment in life for the ABC Open 'One Small Window' video project

ABC Open is an exciting new project which publishes, produces and curates local content and stories from ABC
regional audiences.

You could capture a swarm of grasshoppers sitting idle on a glass window, a mass of shoppers waiting to enter a store, a bird you've been admiring in a garden or the light reflecting back at you from a lagoon. It's up to you.

If you've got a digital camera or a smartphone that shoots video, bring it along. There will also be a limited number of
cameras and laptops available for use on the day. The workshops are open to all ages and experience levels. Children under the age of 16 must be accompanied by an adult. Matt Olsen, lecturer in Television Production from Charles Sturt University will join the March 26 workshop to share his experience and advice.

Image: Flickr user 'pursuethepassion'

Digital Video Workshops

High Tea with Mrs Brown

Come and celebrate Seniors Week 2011 with the museum's curator Michelle Maddison. Enjoy a High Tea as Michelle channels famous gadabout and 19th century author Mrs Brown in front of The Great Tichborne Trial painting at the museum's Historic Council Chambers site. Michelle will regale you with stories of Mrs Brown, including her first-hand account of meeting Roger Tichborne himself, or Tichbung as she preferred to call him! You will also have the opportunity to handle original Tichborne objects from the museum's permanent collection.

Roger Tichborne

Women Transported - Life in Australia's Convict Female Factories

Incarcerated in Female Factories, convict women would work in appalling conditions whilst waiting to hear their fate. This travelling exhibition from the Parramatta Heritage Centre unearths this often ignored chapter of Australia's early colonial life, bringing to life heroic tales of feistiness and determination. Personal accounts from these women are revealed and celebrated through films, interactives and some of the earliest colonial artefacts in the country.

Image: Anne Dunne, unknown photographer, digital photographic copy of original c1865 ambryotype photograph, Courtesy of Maureen Upfold, Susan Bulbrook and Helen Soars

Women Transported - Life in Australia's Convict Fe

Children's Dragon making workshops

Take part in the creation of a giant Chinese dragon at this fun school holiday program. Inspired by the museum's current exhibition Tracking the Dragon local artist & educator Trish Harrison will be leading this series of hands on workshops and will be utilising recycled materials. Participants will learn about aspects of Chinese culture and the important part dragons play in Chinese New Year celebrations. Session includes making your own chinese lantern to take home.

Dragon making workshops

Tracking the Dragon - Public Lecture

Over the past 2 years Dr Barry McGowan has undertaken extensive research to inform the museum's exhibition Tracking the Dragon - A history of the Chinese in the Riverina. This 1 hour public lecture explored the history of Chinese migration and settlement in the Riverina and included a guided tour of the exhibition.

Image: Doon Children with Lady. Late 1930s - Doon Family Collection, Tumut.

Tracking the Dragon - Public Lecture

Parasites in Focus - School Holiday Program

Hey kids! Get up close and personal with the microscopic creepy crawlies that hitch a ride on their unsuspecting victims, YOU! It may surprise you how common these freeloaders are in nature and the ways in which they make contact and take advantage of their host. Get a rare glimpse into the world of these undesirable guests.

Image: Campanulotes bidentatus from "Parasites in Focus" exhibition, copyright 2007.

Campanulotes bidentatus

SCINEMA 2010 festival of Science Film

SCINEMA 2010 festival of Science Film celebrates science and runs in conjunction with 2010 International Year of Biodiversity.

SCINEMA 2010 festival of Science Film is a science film, video and multimedia festival that brings a program of science drama, documentaries and short subjects to Wagga Wagga. Themes investigated are Time and Space, Environment, Human Health, Biodiversity and Medicine, Learning about the sciences, Humankind and the Space Race.  

Planet You

Little Big Shots - School Holiday Film Festival

An inspiring, meaningful and fun-filled film festival, Little Big Shots features the best in local and international children's shorts, animations, documentaries and amazingly, child-produced films. Perfect for families and kids of all ages.

These films inspire discussion of world cultures, different languages, cultural diversity, emotional intelligence and human values. We guarantee they will make kids laugh, whoop, think and create.

Little Big Shots is proudly supported by Media Giants, the Australian Centre for the Moving Image and Screen Australia.

Little Big Shots

Built for the Bush - Public Forum

In this environmentally aware age, the low-energy solutions of the 19th-century rural home are being reappraised. In conjunction with the Historic Houses Trust travelling exhibition Built for the Bush the Museum will host a public forum presented by the NSW Architects Registration Board which will explore the reappearance of traditional rural architecture in Australia.

Built for the Bush

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The day we made rain

Come and celebrate Refugee Week at the premiere screening of  'The day we made rain' a cinematic extravaganza of puppetry and dance. This short film is a unique and original production created by a vibrant group of Wagga kids teaming with energy and creativity.  

The day we made rain

Australian Refugee Film Festival

The Australian Refugee Film Festival is in its fourth year and will for the first time be showcased in Wagga Wagga. The film festival brings together an international and eclectic mix of short films from around the world. The film festival's objective is to educate its viewers on issues surrounding refugees and to highlight the positive contribution refugees can bring to their new homes.

Grant Harper - Churchill Fellowship Public Presentation

Come and listen to local Churchill Fellow and NSW Fire Brigade officer, Grant Harper, who has recently returned from the U.S. where he studied world class rapid multi-media national emergency update systems. Churchill Fellowships allow you to design your own research project, travel the world and further your knowledge in your chosen field, before returning to make a real contribution to Australian society.  Discover how you too could become a Churchill Fellow and be inspired as Grant shares his amazing travel adventures.


Unleash your reckless creativity and check out this international smash hit for yourself. PechaKucha Night was devised in Tokyo in February 2003 as an event for designers to meet, network and show their work in public. It has turned into a massive celebration, with events happening in hundreds of cities around the world, including Wagga Wagga. Drawing its name from the Japanese term for "chit chat", there will be 12 regional speakers presenting a diverse range of ideas and projects.


Mervyn Bishop Public Presentation

 In association with the In Living Memory exhibition, renowned indigenous photographer Mervyn Bishop will speak about his distinguished career and provide a demonstration of his photographic techniques .   Photograph by Greg Lee

Mervyn Bishop

MAP:me Curator's Floortalk

We each carry a personal map of places that shape our lives. The exhibition, MAP:me, shares the stories behind this 'personal geography'. This exhibition, in collaboration with Wagga Wagga residents, features a series of Personal Maps: illuminated cane and paper sculptures in human form. Come hear from exhibition curator Rachael Vincent and find out how this intriguing exhibition came about.


Let's Make Puppets!

Come and make your own puppet out of stuff just lying about. Then bring your puppet to life by playing a host of theatre and music games. This 90 minute program will be great fun for all the family. Escape the heat and discover the endless hours of entertainment you can have by getting creative and recycling.

lets make puupets

Tune In

 Before video killed the radio star thousands crowded around the wireless and tuned in to their favourite radio broadcast. Discover the art of radio and capturing the moment through sound production in this exciting 2 hour workshop where we give you the microphone. Recommended for Children 10-14 . BYO funny voices and imagination.

tune in radio

Bill Kerr Film Festival

Make sure to check out the Bill Kerr Film Festivalon this weekend. Escape the heat this summer and sit back and relax while embarking on a journey through Bill Kerr's accomplished film career. The films featured in the festival encapsulate Bill Kerr's early days in Britain when he was launched as a serious actor to his iconic presence in the Australian film renaissance of the 1980s.

bill Kerr film festival