Complementing the local museums of the district, Orange City Council has developed a series of virtual museums which aim to the tell the stories of the region's history in contemporary and accessible ways.
These include stories as diverse as Orange's rich sporting history and the history of gardening in Orange.
Orange Regional Museum
The Orange Regional Museum website will interpret the stories, cultures and places from the regional of Orange and the surrounding districts within the Central NSW region The site will display artefacts that trigger memories, engage audiences and inspire new ways of thinking about history and cultures. The Museum will include both temporary and `permanent’ exhibitions.
Visit the online website for Orange Regional Museum
The Lucknow goldfield was discovered in 1851, soon after Australia’s first payable gold was found at nearby Ophir. The Wentworth Main Mine, located on the eastern side of the village, relates to the 1890s and 1930s mining booms.
The Wentworth Mine website covers stories of the mine's history, maps to visit the site and the dates when the site is open to the public.
Watermarks flowed from an exhibition held in the Orange Regional Gallery which explored the centrality of water in the history, environment, economy and culture of the region. It featured 23 interviews with people reflecting on their work with water in many different capacities (business, mining, domestic life, environmental programs, fishing and sport, as well as exploring the creative and spiritual dimensions of water).
The project team began working on this project when the region was in severe drought. This led to discussions about how museums could document the impact of drought on families, farms and the landscape. By the time the exhibition came to fruition the drought had broken and Molong experienced a devastating flood.
Visit the Watermarks website.
Orange Blossoms explores the cultural history of gardening in Orange and District and is dedicated to the gardeners of Orange, past and present.
The parks, gardens and trees are perhaps the most loved feature of Orange. This exhibition honours the contribution that gardens and gardeners make to the beauty of the district. Gardens are a central part of the creative history and cultural heritage of Orange. What would Orange be like without them?
Visit the Orange Blossoms website.
Sporting Hall of Fame
Each of these names has gained selection in a team recognised as an Open Australian team, represented Australia or won titles at National or International level.
The website features a pictorial history of each sportsperson and various items of sporting memorabilia.
Visit the Sporting Hall of Fame.
Half a World Away
Tony and Irma Siemer and their
children Gisela and Harald
leave Germany on their way to
a new life in Australia.
Photo courtesy Tony Siemer
The exhibition, website and the book Half a World Away; Postwar Migration to the Orange District 1948-1965 is the culmination of a heritage study drawing together the people of Orange, the NSW Migration Heritage Centre, Arts NSW and Orange City Council.
Today, four out of ten people in New South Wales are either migrants or the children of migrants. As migrants age, it is vital their stories and cultures are recorded.
Half a World Away is a tribute to the hundreds of families from Europe and the United Kingdom who exchanged conflict, uncertainty and economic chaos for a stable, prosperous lifestyle in the Orange district.
Vist the www.halfaworldaway.com.au website.
Museums of the Future
In 2004 Orange City Council established a program of museum related activities as part of its plans to develop a regional museum for Orange.
The City Council was interested to hear from the young people of Orange what they thought the museum might be like in 50 or 100 years time. See more about the Museums of the Future project.
Museum Advisory Service
Orange City Council employs a museum advisor to work with Council and the community on museum development projects. The museum adviser works with Council's Museum Development Advisory Committee, with a work program structured through Council's Museum Development Plan.
The main aims of the museum adviser program, which is co-funded between Council and the NSW Museums and Galleries Foundation, are to give advice to local government and museums on all aspects of museum work, to support the development of best practice museums and to enhance community participation.
Museums of Orange Cabonne Blayney
Visiting the museums and historic sites of the Orange, Cabonne and Blayney District provides an opportunity to experience the rural lifestyle of Australians at the time of Federation. Being able to see a 100-year-old photo, farm machinery or tools used to craft the pioneer homes gives an appreciation of rural technology as well as the spirit of personal endeavour.
Explore the region through its Regional Museums Heritage Trail. Absorb the history and heritage of Australia's colourful past.
The Regional Museum Heritage Trail is supported by the Commonwealth and is an initiative of the Federation Community Projects Program.
Visit the www.ageoffishes.org.au website.
Visit the www.migrationheritage.nsw.gov.au website.
Visit the www.collectionslink.org.uk/ website.