HISTORY BEING SAVED AT THE OBERON MUSEUM

A precious slice of history which is one of the star exhibits at the Oberon Museum is set to be thrown a lifeline by the NSW Government.

Bathurst MP Paul Toole today announced a NSW Community Building Partnership (CBP) grant of $15,000 to ensure significant repairs can be made to the 1887 Museum Cottage.

At present the 1887 Museum Cottage is falling into a state of disrepair and needs to be made weather proof to save it from succumbing to the inclement weather that Oberon is well-known for experiencing.

Mr Toole met with Col Roberts from the Oberon Museum to deliver the good news and see first-hand what work is needed to ensure the building is preserved for generations to come.

“The project is quite complex because of the fragile nature of the cottage,” he said.

“Planned works include the replacement and repair of damaged and rotted weatherboards, frame, roof and flashing.

“The aim of the project is to render the cottage to a structurally sound state, make it weather proof, safe and accessible.”

The 1885 Museum Cottage is an old weatherboard cottage that was built around 1887 before being transported to the museum for safe keeping in 1994 when the Albion Street bypass was being constructed.

According to records, the cottage was built by Syd Babcock for his mother.

It was never connected to power or water and is so small it would probably fit into the lounge area of some modern homes!

There are many items of interest in this cottage but one is the hospital bed used by the midwife, Nurse Fox, to deliver babies.