Due to Social Distancing requirements we are presently closed but the good news is we will be RE OPENING SOON!! and look forward to sharing more of our stories then.
In the meantime please explore our digital collection library or view exhibitions at the museum to discover more about the characters and objects that make us who we are today.
OPEN EVERY DAY!
10.00am – 5.00pm
Yes…even Christmas Day!
Beyond these hours – by appointment only.
McCrossin’s Mill Museum was developed as an adaptive re-use of a heritage building. John McCrossin built the impressive granite and brick three-storey flour mill in 1870. The milling operation ceased in mid 1890s and the building was used for a variety of purposes until it was scheduled for demolition in the 1970s. In 1979 the Uralla Historical Society Inc. was formed for the express purpose of saving McCrossin’s old flour mill. The purchase of the mill was funded by the sale of six hundred $20.00 debentures.
The debentures were repaid through the generosity of Uralla Players Mrs O’Malley’s Magnificent Music Hall.
McCrossin’s Mill Museum was officially opened on 2 May 1982 by Bill McCarthy, MP Member for Northern Tablelands. In the early years the museum employed a curator as part of a joint funding venture by Australian Museum Association and the Armidale and Uralla Councils, however the content and style of the museum was primarily directed by the members of the Society. find out more…
Since we opened the Museum on 2 May, 1982, there have been several fortuitous flukes.
No, before that! In 1979, visionary Sydney architect, Peter Myers, visiting Armidale, saw a piece I’d written about Uralla’s neglected built heritage, including the Mill, which the Express had chosen to publish in full on the front page. Shortly thereafter Peter Myers was leading our team. And without his involvement, maybe nothing would ever have happened. Pure fluke!
The Chinese Joss House contents, originally from Rocky River, were discovered in 1981 when a couple of us were in Tingha on a mission searching for something totally unrelated.
The Cecil Stoker collection was uncovered in 1981 in a soot-spattered tin trunk boarded up in a fireplace in Uralla’s oldest surviving building, 1864, when a few of us were “unofficially inspecting” the place to see if it was worth stepping in to stop the proposed demolition.
The Edward Trickett exhibition, of National Significance, only came about because his magnificent marble memorial at the Uralla Cemetery was vandalised in 1981, resulting in its relocation to the Mill with the blessings of the Trickett clan.
A lot of flukes occurred in 1981, and all of us flat out on the Mill restoration work, as well. Passionate, committed people, one and all!
Sunny Jim Mackay? That remarkable story came to light only because I bumped into a teaching colleague (and fellow cricket tragic) at Armidale Airport in 1985. He told me of a book published “last week” that related Mackay’s incredible story. I might otherwise never have known.
I spotted the NEGS Firecart on the back of a dealer’s truck, in Uralla’s main street, bound for the Sydney Antique Market. A personal cheque, on the spot, guaranteed its acquisition for Uralla. Similarly, Mrs White’s Sulky was rescued from the same fate.
The tragic Sandilands Story, exemplified by a collection of walking sticks, was spotted in the storeroom of another museum. After a brief but passionate debate, it was loaded into my car, to go to its proper home, Uralla. Thunderbolt Artefacts. Too long a story to be told in this column, but here are a few tidbits:
In the 1990s, over several months, I travelled extensively from Windsor to Byron Bay, following every lead that came our way after the Singleton Infantry Museum gave us a Thunderbolt Tranter Revolver, a story which appeared in some Sydney newspapers.
So, one thing led to another. I was doggedly persistent. All those artefacts were acquired from owners whose initial response was, “No. It’s mine!”, but who then “saw the light”.
How do all these flukes happen? . . . this ‘serendipity’? I’ve worked it out. All of us at McCrossin’s Mill Museum are positive and passionate with a “WHY NOT?” outlook.
Others warm to people who are fair-dinkum, which is why they give us stuff, and their support. Positivity is infectious, uplifting for everybody.
Positivity is infectious, uplifting for everybody.
Negativity is contagious, too, breeding apathy, or worse, indifference. Therefore, the more optimistic we are, the more good fortune comes our way. ….But, just like a fluke, there’s always some work involved!