Volunteers desperate for expansion to Port Milang Museum

TEAMWORK: Members of the Lakeside Men's Shed with a restored horse-drawn tip dray, which the group restored for the Port Milang Museum.

TEAMWORK: Members of the Lakeside Men's Shed with a restored horse-drawn tip dray, which the group restored for the Port Milang Museum.

A group of volunteers at the Port Milang Museum hope to secure funding for the expansion and upgrade of one of the region’s most fascinating homes of history.

The Port Milang Museum is in need of a more room for restoring and displaying a large collection of pieces, which are significant to local and state history.

The museum grounds are also home to the Lakeside Men’s Shed, who do restoration work on museum items, and the Milang and District Historical Society.

The upgrade of the site hinges on local groups securing support through the state government’s Fund My Neighbourhood program.

Milang’s Chris Reed said the Port Milang Museum houses many incredible items from the paddle steamer era, but the museum has run out of space.

“We envisage this much-needed development will bring economic benefit to our area through increased visitors, such as tourists from interstate and overseas,” Mr Reed said.

“We can’t ask for an entry fee at the moment, because the museum is not in good enough condition, there’s not enough space.

“All roads lead to Milang, the best kept secret of the Fleurieu.

“It’s time for Milang to get out there and give other sites like Birdwood a run for their money.”

The big event, Yesterday’s Power Rally, will be held at Milang on January 20 and 21, 2018.

From 1860 to 1880 Milang was the busiest port on the River Murray, handling trade coming all the way down from the Darling, and then via road to Port Adelaide.

Now, with the district experiencing growth, and being just an hours’ drive from Adelaide, the members of the museum, men’s shed and historic society are calling for the museum’s expansion.

“The increasing membership numbers of the Lakeside Men’s Shed provides a great opportunity for our heritage items to be restored and displayed,” Mr Reed said.

“Social inclusion is a large part of our activities.”

There are about 60 members between the Lakeside Men’s Shed and the Milang Historical Society, which is about 10 per cent of the population of Milang.

The group holds a free barbecue on Thursdays from noon to 2pm, open to all.

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