Today we had the pleasure of encountering some BARKER History on a visit to the TWEED REGIONAL ART GALLERY.
The great pleasure for us lay in the Exhibition which was just opening when we arrived. GREAT COLLECTIONS it is called and is on NSW REGIONAL TOUR.
GREAT COLLECTIONS, as per the blurb;
is a landmark exhibition that brings together iconic treasures from the eight premier cultural institutions of NSW.
The pleasure for us was in one particular section which was the THOMAS BARKER silverware and plaque. Not at all what we expected on a Murwillumbah Morning. There it was – 1830s-1850s artefacts from the man who had BASIL KENDALL tried for his dodginess. The man who employed PATRICK McNALLY and probably my own ancestor, or step/ancestor, HENRY SAMUELS. A great pleasure to be within one sheet of glass from actually touching the history we are seeking. Thanks, ART GALLERY. There was a silver platter presented to THOMAS BARKER for his contribution to the Scottish Immigrants. A plaque of Thomas’ head from 1850 and other oddments from the 1830s and 1840s.
VIEW OVER TWEED VALLEY FROM REGIONAL ART GALLERY.