Police activities revealed in courthouse exhibition

Out front of the Old Pambula Courthouse
Out front of the Old Pambula Courthouse

Stories about police officers and their interesting anecdotes will form part of an exhibition at the Old Pambula Courthouse on January 30.

President of the society Elizabeth McIntyre said the exhibition will feature the police anecdotes during their time while working at the Pambula courthouse and Police Station, going back several generations.

"There was a constable Adam Ballantyne who arrested mutineers from the Whaling ship Junior, they arrived in Merimbula in a small whaling boat, and the locals thought they were smugglers." Ms McIntyre said.

"Another interesting story was about a Constable Dunbar who had been posted at Pambula in 1918 and was sent to control the Victorian Border closure due to the influenza "the Spanish flu," she said.

Over the years the researchers of the Bega Valley Genealogy centre had tracked down information about many of the old photos of policemen and are displayed inside the venue.

The exhibition hopes to invite locals to come and learn about anecdotes that happened within their community decades ago she said.

"A lot of people haven't been to the courthouse or know that it is there," Ms McIntyre said.

The genealogy society members also help to uncover the history of local families.

Ms McIntyre mentioned that there were over 260 books on local family histories, dating back to 1840.

"If you belong to the area for a long time, chances are your family history will be in there somewhere," Ms McIntyre said.

The exhibition at the Old Pambula Courthouse has an admission fee of $2. The exhibition will start at 10am to 4pm.

This story Police activities revealed in courthouse exhibition first appeared on Merimbula News Weekly.

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