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Tweed Regional Museum has a display of 2 Goggomobils, a sedan and a Dart convertible – as well as the TV ad which made the little cars so famous.

Tweed Regional Museum, Media Release, 7 January 2022

Tweed Regional Museum gears up for holiday activities

Tweed Regional Museum in Murwillumbah is gearing up for a jam-packed school holiday program, including a special display which will appeal to people of all ages.

The Museum will have 2 special micro cars on display over the holidays; a Goggomobil Dart and a Goggomobil sedan. 

These unique little vehicles belong to local collector, Howard Knox OAM, who has been restoring Goggomobils for more than 30 years.

The cars are regulars at the Cooly Rocks On festival and have been displayed across NSW and Queensland, including at the Powerhouse Museum in Sydney. 

“It is always a great experience putting these Goggomobil cars on display and driving them in parades,” Mr Knox said.

“However, the greatest joy I’ve had has been teaching my grandsons how to drive their Goggo around the yard. I had to wait until they were tall enough to reach the floor pedals.”

To coincide with the display, the Museum will also be hosting some car-related kids’ activities and the chance to win a prize.

The Museum has also extended its Fight for the Right exhibition through the holidays. 

The exhibition includes the personal stories of locals involved in protests and campaigns, and their quest to stand up for what they believe is right.

Museum Curator Erika Taylor said: “Through historic objects, photographs and video, the exhibition provides visitors with an insight into how protests have shaped the Tweed Shire.

“From social justice campaigns of the 1960s, right through to current day issues, Fight for the Right reflects the passion shown by the community on a wide range of issues, including protection of the local environment.”

Goggomobils
Tweed Regional Museum’s Shannon Rees and Kirsty Andrew check out the unique and unusual Goggomobils on display over the holiday period.

A special object on display is a pair of gloves owned by Tweed-born civil rights activist Faith Bandler, who campaigned for Aboriginal rights in the 1967 Australian referendum. The gloves are on loan from the National Museum of Australia.

The Museum has created a full program of children’s and young people’s workshops throughout the holidays using themes from the Fight for the Right exhibition.

There will be workshops on tie dying, macramé rainbows, DIY seed bombs, and more. Special ukulele workshops will teach kids how to play, with the workshop price including a ukulele to take home.

Public Programs and Audience Development Officer Shannon Rees was thrilled to be able offer a program of fun and engaging workshops for children and young people to enjoy.

“It’s great to be able to welcome families and the community back into the Museum for these workshops and all the Museum has to offer,” Ms Rees said.

The Museum is open Tuesday to Saturday,10am to 4pm. Check the website for more details www.museum.tweed.nsw.gov.au.

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