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Disaster Recovery

As well as seeking advice from your local Museum Development Officer, you can also find useful information from the following organisation’s websites.  Please check this blog regularly as we are updating a few areas that will be useful to you if you need assistance with your collections.

Australian Institute for the Conservation of Cultural Materials (AICCM)
AICCM is the professional body for conservators in Australia. Their website provides information on salvaging flood and fire damaged collections.

State Library of Queensland
A series of information guides developed by the State Library of Queensland with advice on how to salvage water damaged collections and how to deal with mould.

Queensland Disaster Information Network (Q-DIS)
Q-Dis is a web based group for sharing information on disaster preparedness for collections in Queensland. It includes links to resources and current happenings related to disaster preparedness response and recovery.

Trench art in El Arish

A photographic commission was recently undertaken by the El Arish Museum.  The images depict the personal belongings of Frederick Neebone King, one of the first Europeans to settle in the area in 1906.  Fred was a timber getter (cedar cutter) and held 637 acres of land to the north of El Arish.  Fred was also active in the First World War  and fought in the Battle of Damascus.  On Fred’s return he brought back a collection of trench art.  This image portrays one object from the private collection of one of the museum members. 

The  Museum, recently refurbished after Cyclone Yasi, will hold a small photographic display which documents the life of Fred King and other early El Arish stories.  It will co-incide with the 80th anniversery of the ANZAC Day ceremony in the town.  The Museum is open on Friday mornings 9am – 12pm.

Image – Michael Marzik

Cardwell recovers

Ewen worked with Jo Wills (MDO Cairns) and Michael Marzik (designer) on Thursday 15 March in Cardwell to install the new hanging system. The Hubinger Hall was handed back to Cassowary Coast Council after a rebuild following cyclone Yasi.  Ewen’s work with the historical society in Cardwell has meant that he was able to plan a new exhibition space for them from the beginning.

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Cardwell and El Arish responding well

Last day in January and heading north up to Cardwell, El Arish and Innisfail. It has been one year since Cyclone Yasi visited north Queensland and caused such widespread damage to these towns and communities. First stop was an 11am on site meeting at the building site of the J.C. Hubinger Museum in Cardwell.

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