Annabella is a temporary exhibition of Annabella Boswell's papers including correspondence, journals, drawings and paintings. The papers have recently been inscribed to the UNESCO Australian Memory of the World. Annabella's writings and artwork give a rare insight into life at Port Macquarie during the 1840s from the perspective of a young woman.
Hall Stories is an exhibition about people, community halls and the past. Community halls have been at the centre of community life and served as meeting places, picture theatres, exhibition spaces, dance halls, reception centres and even skating rinks! This exhibition shares some of their stories.
Comings and Goings is an exhibition exploring life’s milestones and how these are celebrated and remembered. Featuring christening, bridal and mourning keepsakes, photographs and garments the exhibition examines how we mark the significant events in our lives.
Timber! tells the story of timber-getting, milling and the everyday lives of timber workers in the Hastings. The timber trade is the area’s oldest commercial industry and was once the main source of employment and wealth for the region.
Revealing stories of our rich river and maritime history. You can explore this award winning online exhibition anytime http://www.oroh.com.au/
Commemorating the Centenary of Anzac, this exhibition tells the stories of local World War I enlistees and the impacts of the war on them, their families and the local community.
Inspired by our very own in-ground water tank, this exhibition explores the use of water in local domestic life. Keeping clean was hard work!
This permanent exhibition tells the story of Port Macquarie’s beginnings. From the home of the Birpai people, to British discovery in 1818, then settlement as a penal establishment in 1821 through to free settlement from 1830.
This permanent exhibition features a scale model of Lake Innes House, Port Macquarie’s once prestigious home built between 1830 and 1843 by Archibald Clunes Innes. Objects from the house and family give an insight into life at the once grand colonial estate.
Discover the story of Port Macquarie’s important role in the history of Australia’s Federation. Why is there a statue of Edmund Barton, Australia’s first Prime Minister on Port Macquarie’s Town Green? Visit the exhibition to find out!
Inspired by Annabella Boswell’s journals, the costume gallery exhibits many local women’s crafts, textiles and costumes from our significant and extensive collection. Contemporary clothing is also featured.
Port Macquarie has a rich and unique maritime history. All afloat features a snap shot of our many maritime activities and disasters, from the wrecking of Ben Boyd’s yacht The Wanderer in 1851 to regattas on the Hastings River.