Restored court house a showpiece of Tweed history
THE restoration of the Tweed Heads Court House building at the Tweed Regional Museum has invigorated lovers of the region's history.
The Court House has been restored and upgraded to provide an interactive experience of the building and surrounding area.
Tweed Heads Historical Society president Ross Johnson said the great 90-year-old building was the "only well preserved original public building in the Tweed Heads precinct".
The reopening of the restored Court House building in mid-October marks the completion of stage one of an upgrade of the Tweed Heads Museum.
"Tweed Shire Council have been very positive and they've handed the society a lifeline," Ross said.
"Council is now working on Boyds Shed and the Deckhouse.
"We've already had lots of visitors through and requests for research information.
"The Court House will be able to be used for school groups to experience the workings of the court."
Ross said visitors to the museum were invited to make themselves aware of the great heritage of the area.
Tweed Heads Endeavour cruises are introducing trips on the Tweed River, starting at the museum, on the fourth Sunday of November, December and January.
The river trip is a 90-minute cruise with afternoon tea.
Tweed mayor Katie Milne said an appreciation of the history of this northern part of Tweed Shire, close to the mouth of the Tweed River and to the border with Queensland, was essential to understanding the shire as a whole.
"As our shire continues to grow, it becomes ever more important to offer residents, new and old, and visitors the opportunity to understand those things that have shaped this community and continue to shape it today," she said.
Tweed Regional Museum at Pioneer Park, 230 Kennedy Drive, Tweed Heads West, is open for extended hours during the next few months, from Sunday to Wednesday 10am to 4pm.
The Tweed Regional Museum operates at three sites - Murwillumbah, Tweed Heads and Uki.
These sites operate as one and complement one another while maintaining their own character and focus.
Admission to all Tweed Regional Museum branches is free.
More information is available at http://museum.tweed.nsw.gov.au/
Tweed Heads Historical Society hosts a general meeting and a guest speaker on the third Tuesday of each month at the museum.
Research rooms are open Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays 10am to 3pm.
Inquiries to 0755693184.
Anyone wishing to volunteer at the museum should contact 0266702493.