Burke flags a refurbishment

WEB_courthouse-union-flag_pe_c5_20170307DAYS OF EMPIRE: Beechworth Burke Museum curator Linda Peacock and museum and historic precinct manager Patrick Watt look at the aged Union flag.

A BRITISH Union flag long stored in Beechworth’s former courthouse is to be conserved by the community’s Friends of the Burke Museum.

Museum and historic precinct manager Patrick Watt told the Advertiser the large, old flag had been found by Wangaratta court registrar Paula Griffiths – a great-great niece of bushranger Ned Kelly – during a tidy-up at Wangaratta court complex.

“When the Beechworth courthouse closed and was packed up in 1989 I imagine some things were distributed – and this flag was put into storage in Wangaratta,” Mr Watt said.

“Paula saw that it was marked ‘Beechworth Courthouse’ and promptly gave it back to us.

“It needs conservation work and it was decided to make it a project of the Friends so that we can care for it.”

Author and former deputy prime minister Tim Fischer will launch the fundraising effort in the museum tomorrow (March 9) with a talk on trains, flags and Great War general John Monash at 6.30pm. Proceeds from the $10 and $15 tickets will aid the project.

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