Garden Village resident Lillian Andrews is the Volunteer Coordinator at the Port Macquarie Museum. She has volunteered there for many years and you can find her there most days of the week manning the front desk and helping where she can with the steady flow of tourists, locals and school students.
“I’ve lived in the Hastings Valley since 1963 and I love the history of the place. We lived in Wauchope and Long Flat so I’m an up river person. I like to keep busy and I’m not a lover of housework as long as it’s clean and tidy but I like doing something with my time.
The museum is completely run and managed by volunteers. We change the exhibits and artefacts every two to three months and people love visiting and say it’s the best museum.”
As you enter the museum you are taken through local aboriginal and colonial history and an interesting exhibit about the urbanisation of the region through the decades .
The museum currently has a beautiful botanical exhibition with the drawings of Annabella Boswell which have been reimagined digitally into a beautiful animated story thanks to a local artist.
The Port Macquarie Museum is situated in the heart of Port Macquarie, a short walk from the picturesque Hastings River. This central location makes it easily accessible for seniors. The museum is wheelchair accessible and has fascinating educational stories about our local history.
There’s lots of historical information and exhibits to explore. The museum is open to the public for free on the 1st Sunday of the month from 11:00am til 2:00pm. If you haven’t visited pop in and say hello to Lillian. Opening times are Monday to Saturday 10.00am to 4.00pm.
A move to Garden Village Classics
Moving to Garden Village in 2023 Lillian’s new Classic unit enjoys views to the park where local school students play sport and rosellas sing in the trees. She likes hearing the sounds of birds and children nearby. Lillian has 4 children, 9 grandchildren and 11 great grandchildren. She feels very privileged and hopes her great grandchildren will all have a memory of her.
Lillian chose Garden Village because it was so convenient. She can drive to the museum and is close to the shops and town. She already knew people who lived at Garden Village and her aunt once resided at Garden Lodge so she was familiar with the community. It’s reassuring to live somewhere close to town and very safe. Lillian said it was a very smooth process moving into Garden Village once she had downsized many of her possessions.
Lillian has a keen interest in family genealogy and is a volunteer for Hastings Home Hospice which fundraises to support people in the community manage their end of life in the comfort of their own home.
Garden Village warmly welcomes all new residents to our community.