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Tweed Regional Gallery | Stories Give Courthouse Life of its Own

A refurbishment of the old Tweed Heads Courthouse, part of the Tweed Regional Museum complex in Pioneer Park, will have added significance when the building is reopened later this year.
 
Museum staff and volunteers are celebrating the 90th anniversary of the Courthouse building, which was built in 1927 as an addition to the original Tweed Heads police station in Wharf Street. The old Tweed Heads Courthouse was relocated to Pioneer Park in 1985, to become one of three heritage buildings forming part of the Tweed Regional Museum complex in Tweed Heads West.
 
“The Police Station and Courthouse were the epicentres for the administration of justice and law and order in the district,” Tweed Regional Museum Director Judy Ken said.
 
On the eve of International Museum Day on 18 May, Ms Kean said the Courthouse’s upgrade would help tell the multi-facetted story of the important roles the building has played during its life.
 
“The old Courthouse has been home to the Tweed Heads Historical Society and the Tweed Heads branch of the Museum since 1985. While the refurbishment progresses, we have assembled significant research about its construction and use as a Courthouse, and as a Museum,” she said.
 
“We would like to include some personal perspectives on the building’s history, so we’re asking Tweed residents to share their memories and stories, particularly people who visited or worked in the building during its time as the courthouse in Wharf Street.
 
“We’re interested in all sorts of recollections. Memories and stories really bring a building alive.”
 
Ms Kean said some of those stories could be challenging, given the role of the building, but they were equally valuable.
 
“It’s important that museums record all aspects of history, a fact highlighted by this year’s International Museum Day theme, Museums and contested histories: Saying the unspeakable in museums.
 
“The theme recognises that it’s important for museums to record multiple perspectives of history,” she said.
 
“I am sure people in another 90 or 100 years will look back with curiosity about the role of law in 1927 and 2017. The lessons they will learn will include the stories of how individuals remember the life of buildings like the old Tweed Heads Courthouse.”
 
To provide a story or for more information, contact the Museum on (02) 6670 2493, email trm@tweed.nsw.gov.au