"preserving the past for future generations"

COO-EE HERITAGE CENTRE

Just 200 metres from the museum is the Coo-ee Heritage Centre, this is a unique building and the extensive galleries constantly surprise visitors when they enter the Visitors Information area of the building.

The Centre is owned by Council, with a Manager running the information centre, assisted by volunteers.  A recently appointed part-time Cultural Officer manages the galleries.

The Centre, which takes its name from the famous "Coo-ee March" of 1915, comprises a visitors centre, manned by local volunteers who are able to offer information on local attractions or a comprehensive selection of tourist brochures covering not only NSW, but also interstate.

The four galleries within the building are  -

Allan Wise Gallery which is under the control of the local Historical Society.  Displays relating to the town and local area, including a wedding dress worn in 1926, a signature quilt (fundraiser for local hospital)), comprehensive WW2 information on servicemen and women who enlisted from Gilgandra and surrounding districts, including their photographs, together with details of the Mawbey Massacre of 1900.  A fictional account of this tragedy by Thomas Keneally was filmed some years ago as "The Chant of Jimmy Blacksmith."

Coo-ee March Gallery  - this depicts the journey of the 35 men who left Gilgandra in 1915 hoping to attract volunteers to join them to enlist for service in WW1.  They held recruiting drives at many towns along their march route to Sydney and on arrival their number totalled 263 men.  Included are significant items from the March, which include the flags they carried.

Federation Gallery - the themes in this gallery are changed frequently.  Local artists, embroiders, quilters, etc display their works.  Also visiting artists and exhibitions, with varying themes, are popular.

Joy Trudgett Gallery - displayed in this gallery are shells, fossils, artefacts, bark paintings, Aboriginal artefacts collected by a local couple, Snow and Gwen Collison, on their travels to many parts of Australia.  The Gallery was named in honour of a past Shire Councillor and prominent Aboriginal elder in the local community.

Further information about this centre, events and other attractions and services available in Gilgandra can be found on the Gilgandra Shire Website at www.gilgandra.nsw.gov.au/