Maitland historical society opens its door for Aroma festival

OPENING ITS DOORS: Society member Keith Cockburn with local historian Chas Keys. The Maitland and District Historical Society will throw its doors open to the public on the weekend to let guests investigate its treasure trove from the past.

The society’s rooms on Cathedral Street will be open on Saturday and Sunday in the hope that people from the crowd at the Maitland Aroma Festival will wander in.

“We want people to be aware of what we have to offer and what we actually do,” member Keith Cockburn said.

“It would be great if people could come in and view our collections and see what thesociety does.”

The rooms are at 3 Cathedral Street in Maitland and are packed with amazing objects from the city’s history.

Each item tells a story, such as the 80-year-old box of soap that was made by a Mr Logan in the house near the Long Bridge.

Visitors will be able to see one of the oldest electric dental drills from Maitland Hospital, and the original leadlight windows from the old Galton’s Store.

There is plenty of memorabilia from local politician Milton Morris’s time as stateminister for transport and silver-plated trophies from the Maitland Show that date back to the 1880s.

Visitors can enter the Maitland historical society’s rooms from 10am to 3pm for a gold coin donation. There will be local history books, photographs and bric-a-brac available to buy on the day.

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