Uncover a story at Discovery Centre

May 11, 2018

As part of the National Trust of Australia’s Heritage Festival, the Port of Echuca Discovery Centre is delving into their archives to bring out images, documents and artefacts that have never been displayed before. Adopting the theme of ‘My Culture, My Story’ - the exhibition will celebrate the journey and growth of the Port of Echuca. Marg McMullan and Donna Hansen. Photo by Luke Hemer.

HOW much history does Echuca truly have on record?

Not as much as you’d think.

A lot of that is due to boxes of photos sitting in storage at the Discovery Centre.

A team of just two — Donna Hansen and Marg McMullan — go through the many boxes every week, detailing every photo and record.

For the most part, they go onto the Victorian collections registrar, and rarely see the light of day.

Until now.

As part of the National Trust of Australia’s Heritage Festival, artefacts that have never previously been displayed are now out and on show.

The display, which will end on May 31, includes photographs and documents that show the towns rich history.

‘‘We decided to focus the exhibit on three main areas of Echuca’s history — the port precinct, the Adelaide and the wharf,’’ Donna said.

‘‘We have so much information, it was almost overwhelming! So we started by collecting photographs initially to put into albums, then we have added anything in the archives that we found interesting on the subject. We have an incredible collection of history here,’’ Marg said. ‘‘We believe it’s not doing any good sitting around just being catalogued. People should be able to come through and have a look at the history of the town.’’

Now that history is on display for all of the town.

‘‘There are boxes of stuff that have been thrown in, no orders and no numbers. So we have spent the last two and a half years working on this. but we are excited that it gets to be shown off,’’ Donna said.

‘‘It’s a lot of work, but we do enjoy it.’’

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