Lee Duffield

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Antique road show rolls into Moree

Julian Aalders values a piece of Nerida Slack-Smith's precious jewellry.

Julian Aalders values a piece of Nerida Slack-Smith's precious jewellry.

On September 29 the people of Moree, in northern New South Wales, took their precious antique items to be valued as part of the Healing Waters Festival.

The Healing Waters Festival is held annually to bring the community together and promote everything the town has to offer, including the hot spring baths.

Director of the Moree Plains Gallery, Katrina Rumley said the event was a great opportunity for the people of Moree to have their antiques valued by Sydney auctioneers Julian Aalders and Alexander Renwick.

Mr Aalders is a highly experienced and qualified auctioneer with a long list of achievements, including having worked extensively at Michael Nagy Fine Art, Flash Art Magazine, National Gallery of Australia and the Australian War Memorial.

“It was the idea of councillor Peter Strang and he suggested that because there are so many antiques in Moree it would be worth staging an event at the Gallery,” said Ms Rumley.

Ms Rumley knew the event would be successful after she received more than 50 phone calls the day before from locals and people from Narrabri and Inverell.

Councillor Peter Strang commented that the auctioneers did a very professional job and the event was well supported.

“It’s great to see so many people here to support the event, it’s really good for Moree,” he said.

Ms Rumley also said the event attracted many new faces and it was lovely to see more people taking an interest in the gallery.

“It’s unusual for the gallery program because usually we’re presenting; so it’s brought a whole new part of the community to the gallery which is fantastic for us,” she said.

From 10am to 12 noon locals could attend the road show with antiques and memorabilia and compare their treasures over some morning tea.

All money raised goes back into the gallery to help support future programs and events at the gallery.

“It was a great fundraiser for the gallery, it cost $10 for two items and the money will be donated to future programs,” Ms Rumley said.