Coolamon Cultural and Learning Precinct

Coolamon has a diverse collection of local history housed within the walls of the heritage-listed Up-To-Date Store.

Built in 1909, this beautiful building showcases some fascinating original internal structural features, providing evidence of its original purpose.

Initially weatherboard, it was rebuilt with double brick to operate as a general store until 1932. A visual reminder of the ingenuity and skills of local architects, builders and retail traders including mercery, millinery, drapery, glassware, grocery, building supplies and ironmongery.

Another chapter in the Up-To-Date Store’s history eventuated when Coolamon Shire purchased the building undertaking restoration to create a multi-use cultural and learning precinct. Furthermore, the Up-To-Date Store was acknowledged with State Heritage listing in 2007.

Make a visit and view the building’s highlights including the Lamson Cash Railway, which is the only known Ball-Style Cash Railway System in the world that is still in its original location.

Significant exhibits permanently on display include The Garth Jones Collection, which showcases a rare assortment of farm machinery. Garth’s personal story and history of working the land coincides with documenting Coolamon’s agricultural development.

On a very different note, the Mavis Furner Collection is an exquisite collection of crochet garments, and accessories designed and handmade by Mavis across her lifetime, and her work in the community of Coolamon. The collection provides a rare insight into the social and cultural existence of a community and the life of one of its prominent citizens.

There is more to tell …..I suggest you visit and discover!


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