Friends of the Tweed River Regional Museum are hosting a vintage film night at the historic Regent Cinema in Murwillumbah on Thursday 13 May.

Rare footage and photographs of life on the Tweed from the 1920s to the 1960s will be on display.

The material has been selected from the Tweed River Regional Museum’s own collection, as well as on loan from local filmmakers, photographers and the National Film and Sound Archive.

Highlights include:
• the first Tweed Valley Banana Festival in 1956
• the ANZAC day peace march in 1945
• the coronation procession for Queen Elizabeth in 1953
• the stranding of the steamer ‘Tyalgum’ at entrance to the bar in 1939

Acting Senior Museum Curator Kathryn King said organisers were excited about the gems they had uncovered and brought together for this special evening.

“We’re all looking forward to people attending and helping to identify some of the people and places in the footage, while at the same time educating a whole new audience to the people, places and events of the Tweed,” Ms King said.

The evening is being held as a fundraiser for the Tweed River Regional Museum, with proceeds going towards extensions on the Murwillumbah Museum, as well as the new museum building at Flagstaff Hill.

The Friends group was launched in May 2008 with a common goal to support the Regional Museum building program and provide links with the broader community.

Information about the Friends group will be available on the night and is available online at www.tweed.nsw.gov.au/museum

The screening takes place Thursday 13 May, 6pm for 6.30pm start. Tickets are for pre-sale only. For ticket information please phone Kirsty on (02) 6670 2493. Tickets are $12 or $10 concession; which includes champagne and nibbles.

PICTURE: Splitting slabs, 1911. Courtesy Tweed River Regional Museum.