23 November 2023

New exhibits get museum revved up

| Gail Eastaway
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Two new Snowy Museums exhibits.

The Snowy Scheme Museum has unveiled two new exhibits. Photo: Snowy Museum.

Adaminaby’s Snowy Scheme Museum recently unveiled two exciting new additions to the museum’s collection: a Scammell 4×4 tip truck, which will be a major on ground exhibit and a 1950 “Kaiser” Willy truck which is still roadworthy, registered and in great condition.

These new exhibits provide the ideal opportunity for the museum to highlight its significant achievements and acquisitions over the past 12 years since opening.

Both vehicles were fired up for the unveiling on Saturday, 4 November. The Scammell, which arrived in June, has been undergoing restoration work since it arrived.

The museum has also been the beneficiary of a “Snowy transportable cottage”, which has recently arrived on site and will now undergo refurbishments prior to being set up as a display of 1950/1960s living conditions in the Snowy Mountains.

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This month the museum’s “Welcome Wall” will be transformed with a Snowy Mountains Scheme-themed painted mural.

The Scammell 4×4 Mountaineer tip truck was built in 1951 by Scammell Lorries Limited.

It has links to the Snowy Mountains Hydro-electric Scheme but has been in the Hunter Valley for the past four decades. In early 2020, the owners Robert and Colleen Cross expressed a desire for it to “return home” to the Snowy Mountains.

The Willy truck was purchased in Cooma in the early 60s by Reidar Herfoss, an ex-Snowy worker, who had moved to Eden NSW where he owned and operated an earthmoving business.

The truck was used as a workshop vehicle until Reidar’s death in 2021. The Willy has been generously donated to the museum by the estate of Mr Herfoss.

The unveiling was followed by light refreshments, a guided tour of the museum and a viewing of other new exhibits and recent initiatives.

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The Snowy Mountains Scheme was officially opened at Adaminaby in October in 1949 and completed in 1974.

The 25-year construction phase of the Snowy Mountains Scheme involved 100,000 workers and their families, technological innovations, ingenuity, and construction techniques which have been captured at the Snowy Scheme Museum.

The museum was officially opened on 15 October 2011 by the former governor-general Dame Quentin Bryce.

The museum’s collection is now of state and national significance.

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