The Wangaratta Historical Society Museum is situated in the Old Fire Station building.
It houses over 2,000 objects and 10,000 glass plate negatives from the 1840’s to the 1950’s. The collection showcases the lives of the districts’ peoples in peace and war, on the farms and towns. A specially constructed cabinet houses our Aboriginal artefacts collection.
The Museum has many schools and groups visit and visitors are encouraged. The Museum is a not for profit organisation with a fee is charged for membership, research, photograph printing and photocopying.
The highlight of the collection is the 2011 Heritage listed Marianne Gibson Quilt; the world’s finest example of a crazy patchwork quilt made by a local woman, Marianne between 1891-1896. It incorporates the story of the times and styles of the late 1800’s. Amongst many finely embroidered motifs featured are local flora and fauna, Asian, European and North American influenced designs.
This quilt was given to the Historical Society in 1976 by Miss Alma Gard, a housekeeper for the Gibson’s who was given the quilt by the daughters of Marianne. The quilt is kept in a special temperature controlled atmospheric room in the Wangaratta Art Gallery and displayed periodically.
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