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New exhibition laced with historical objects from Clermonts' colourful past

An Isaac outback town’s history is set to be unveiled in a revealing exhibition for the first time.

The 100 Objects collection is the latest creation from Clermont Historical Centre which reopens today, Wednesday, March 7.

Isaac Regional Council Mayor Anne Baker said the vast assortment represents Clermont’s eclectic and colourful past.

“The town of Clermont is one of the most historic towns in northern Australia, having a colourful past, rich in drama and laced with tragedy,” Mayor Baker said.

“It was the first inland settlement in the tropics, making it a frontier town in the truest sense of the word.

“The 100 Objects exhibition will include our iconic steam engine that moved a town out of a deadly flood zone, a sheep property’s slab hut and the infamous piano up a tree.

“A few other objects worth keeping an out for is the post-war five-minute washing machine, Clermont Fire Brigade’s 1945 truck, an Aboriginal wooden club either used for hand-to-hand combat, hunting or for digging plus relics used for crushing gold ore.

“Here’s your chance – locals and tourists alike - to relive your childhood and connect yourself to a period in history.

“Come and explore our history and discover our stories.”

The exhibition will run throughout the year until December 2018.

100 Objects follows the moving Flood of Memories Exhibition hosted by the centre last year.

It paid homage to local stories of courage, heroism and tragedy, memorabilia and photography from the fatal flood of 1916.

Admission prices are $6 for adults, $4 for pensioners, $3 children under 12 years and $15 per family with two or more children.

For more details visit, call 1300 ISAACS (1300 47 22 27) or drop in at the Clermont Historical Centre, Gregory Highway, which is open Wednesdays to Saturdays from 9am to 3pm.


Image 1: Isaac Regional Council trainee Melody Cole prepares the 100 Objects collection at Clermont Historical Centre which reopens on Wednesday, March 7, 2018.


7 March 2018