Our Museum is a busy place with Exhibitions from our collection, book launches and our annual Airing of the Quilts, plus collaborations with other groups such as Embroiderers.
1 September – 22 October: 140 Years of Alstonville Cricket
Look at pictures of the players, life members and teams that have represented Alstonville during the Club’s 140 years’ existence. Listen to tapes of cricket matches as they would have been heard in Crawford House during that time.
Memorabilia collections include Donald Bradman’s signed bat from the 1941/42 Ashes Tour, Bob Simpson’s Captain’s Choice best Australian team and photo board of all Australian Test Cricketers from 1876/77 to 1997/98.
Future Exhibitions 2017-2018
12 December – 14 January 2018: Christmas at Crawford Decorative Christmas decor of international standard by 5 local artists.
11 February – 20 May 2018: Water Sports in Ballina Shire All forms of water sports including swimming, water polo and surfing. Stories, photographs and memorabilia associated with the people of Ballina Shire.
6, 7, 8 July 2018: The Airing of the Quilts An outstanding exhibition of quilts by local and regional quilters.
Fashion Project Sessions You can bring your own fashion project to life under the guidance of experienced fashion industry style coach and pattern engineer Lois Hennes for a $10 per hour donation to the Museum. Please book with Lois on 0439 423 185.
In between Exhibitions the Museum has Open House featuring items from our collection reflecting family life from the turn of the century to the 1960s.
Platypus Pioneer Progress Exhibition This unique exhibition was held from the 7th September to 4th November 2012. It told the story of the members of the Charles Bulwinkel family and had at its heart the return and display of an extremely rare platypus skin rug to the place where the platypus had been caught. Over 80 platypus skins from Maguires and Duck Creeks in Alstonville were made by members of the family into a double bed sized rug. The rug was eventually acquired by the Powerhouse Museum in 2003 and loaned to the Society especially for this exhibition.