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25 June, 2021

New exhibition unlocks Tully’s history

Residents, school students and visitors to the Cassowary Coast region can now unlock the region’s past thanks to new equipment.

Cr Barnes, Cr Tschui, Cr Millwood, Cr Nolan and CEO James Gott at the exhibit opening 24 June 2021.

The exhibition is titled ‘Unlocking Tully’s Past’ and located at the Dorothy Jones Library in Tully, the interactive showcase is dedicated to sharing the unique history of Tully and its surrounding region, some of which has never been on display to the public.

The equipment, which consists of an interactive display table  and two display cabinets, was funded by a $16,222 Queensland State Library ‘2019-2020 Strategic Priorities Grant’, and will act as a permanent local history display which tell the stories of Tully’s industrial, social and architectural history.

Cassowary Coast Regional Division Two Councillor Teresa Millwood said ‘Unlocking Tully’s Past’ was created following a community survey conducted by Cassowary Coast Libraries, the results of which showed significant interest in the library’s local history collection and a desire to have more access to it.

“Our community has expressed a desire to have more access to the local history collection, the ‘Unlocking Tully’s Past’ project addresses this by providing an enduring link to the past and improving accessibility to the collection.

“The interactive display table and display cabinets will be an ongoing resource for sharing storylines consisting of images, newspaper articles and documents about particular aspects of the region’s history and will provide staff an opportunity to explore innovative ways to present and display historical content.

“History being captured and presented in this way adds to the value of the library as a community space and will ensure future generations retain this vital connection with, and knowledge of, our past.”

‘Unlocking Tully’s Past’ is available free-of-charge to everyone during ordinary library opening times. Call 1300 366 616 or email for further details.

Proudly funded and supported by the Queensland Government and the State Library of Queensland. 

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