This collection proves that it’s quite okay for a museum to steal important things for the benefit of itself and to the public, a principle espoused for centuries by such august institutions as the Vatican Museum and the British Museum.
In 1982, two of our committee were inspecting the interior of Uralla’s oldest existing building, (yes, trespassing!), which was threatened with demolition. They discovered a boarded-up fireplace. So, boys being boys, they tore the timber away, Well, the local police were on duty in Armidale. And it was Sunday afternoon. And there was nothing else to do.