Museum News

January 2011 Flood

Posted by goldengrains on March 1, 2013 at 10:50 PM

On January 14, 2011 Charlton was inundated with over half a metre of flood water. Many days of torrential rain on an already soggy landscape meant that our creeks and the Avoca River all flooded at once, wreaking havoc on Charlton and the surrounding farming district. Eighty percent of the town was affected including the Charlton Golden Grains Museum. Almost 60cm of water inundated the museum causing serious damage to the building and its collection. We lost many historical items and photographs etc. as well as our photocopier and most of our display cases. What wasn't damaged by the water, suffered from the severe mould problem which appeared within hours of the water receding. Our collection was packed up and moved to storage in a barn on a local farm and other items were frozen so they could be restored later.

After many generous donations from individuals, businesses and organisations, we were able to replace our showcases, restore many of our precious items and invest in new graphics panels and other props to help us display our collection. The Buloke Shire also worked hard to repair our building and undertook some much needed renovations at the same time.

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