Early Burnie explored in new exhibition

The Burnie Regional Museum has plenty to celebrate.

A new exhibition will open at the Museum on Saturday 16 February 2013. Early Burnie is an exhibition exploring Burnie’s beginnings as a privately owned enterprise and following its progress through the 19th century.

Deputy Mayor Sandra French said, “The exhibition features many of the Burnie Regional Museum’s fascinating and significant objects dating from before 1900. The community will learn about early exploration and the exploits of the Van Diemen’s Land Company, life in the region for early settlers and the events which led to Burnie’s first economic boom at the turn of the 20th century.”

As a special exhibit, two of early explorer Henry Hellyer’s diaries will be on display until 10 May 2013, as part of the new exhibition, courtesy of the Tasmanian Archives and Heritage Office and the University of Tasmania Archives.

“The diaries are full of Hellyer’s beautiful sketches and are a fascinating record of his difficult journeys through some of the densest forest in the world. His diaries give a true sense of what he experienced in the virgin wilderness. Bear Grylls’ fans will love this!” Aldermen French said.

To celebrate the beginning of a new exhibition, the Burnie Regional Museum will be open Saturdays for eight weeks (open from 1:30pm to 4:30pm), from Saturday 16 February to Saturday 6 April.

“Opening on Saturdays has been a longtime goal for the Museum. With all the hard work that has gone into this new exhibition, it would be great to see people that can’t always get to the Museum through the week to take up the opportunity over this eight week period and visit on a Saturday so they don’t miss out,” Aldermen French said.

Early Burnie – An exhibition exploring the history of our region before 1900 is supported through funding from the Australian Government’s Your Community Heritage Program and assisted through Arts Tasmania’s Roving Curator Program by the Minister for the Arts.

Burnie Regional Museum Curator Georgia Luck said, “There will also be heaps of fun activities happening in association with the new exhibition, including historic bus tours and a trek to St Valentine’s Peak run by local Hellyer expert, Brian Rollins.

“There will be a whole series of free lunchtime talks on Wednesdays at the Museum on subjects relevant to the exhibition and some fun kids activities too including a workshop with Janine Morris and free face painting on one Saturday. There are so many exciting events happening.”

Visit www.burnieregionalmuseum.net to find out more details and to print out a calendar of events to stick on your fridge! For more information or to book a space in one of our events, please call 6430 5746 or email museum@burnie.net