TOMAREE MUSEUM PROJECT
WELCOME to the TOMAREE MUSEUM PROJECT
Interested in becoming a member of the Tomaree Museum Association?
The cost is only $10 per year - click here and send us a message if you are interested
Interested in telling us your story about Port Stephens
We invite the community to contribute stories of about 200 words on any topic connected to the Port Stephens region including people, places, buildings, or events.
The Tomaree Museum Association aims to develop a Tomaree Museum and Interpretative Centre which, through community and Government contributions and engagement, will
o document, protect and promote the history and changing natural environment of Port Stephens
o identify challenges, risks, opportunities and a sustainable future for the region.
The strategic plans of the Tomaree Museum Association are to:
o Gain Government and community support
o Secure the best possible site in Port Stephens
- ideally the Tomaree Lodge historical site in Shoal Bay but there are other excellent options in Nelson Bay
o Gather and secure museum treasure
o Develop Tomaree Museum Infrastructure
The Tomaree Museum Infrastructure should comprise:
A Virtual Museum at tomareemuseum.org.au
Any assigned heritage and historic sites - eg Tomaree Lodge, Outer Lighthouse; protected and repurposed as required
A new, purpose-built history museum and sustainability focused interpretative centre with café and shop
Co-located stakeholder facilities - eg NPWS Visitor Information Centre, Arts Centre, Conference Centre, Marine Parks Information Centre, PSC Visitor Centre
A roadmap to the network of other specialised Port Stephens historical and natural attractions, eg Heritage listed houses, National and Marine parks, lighthouses, other museums such as Murook and Fighter World etc.
The themes of the proposed regional museum are planned to be:
o Natural history and sustainability
Landscape and forests
Global warming and pollution impacts
Tomaree National Park
o First Nations People - Worimi history
o European discovery and impacts
James Cook, First Fleet and early settlement
Australian capital planning
Naval and military history
Industry - pastoral, fishing, mining,
Modern development and tourism