Historical super-sleuth Wendy Simes turns her passion for libraries into a super power at the Moruya Museum.
“Doing a research inquiry into some local history subject would be my favourite,” she said.
“If you’re researching your family who live down here, we have files on different families.
“You can find them down here or find them in the cemetery, whichever you’re after. If you want to know a little bit more about who might have lived in your house prior to you or what the history of it is, we search in those areas as well.
“I’m a librarian by trade. The most challenging part sometimes is finding the history of a house or a property when there are no real connections to particular history. Finding the history of the Mechanics Institute or the Post Office is easy, but finding the history of a little suburban house can be quite difficult.”
Ms Simes said a recent mystery she investigated was the case of embezzler Mr Lott.
“I recently came across a police report of a Mr Lott being sent to Goulburn (from the Eurobodalla Shire) for embezzlement,” she said.
“It was only three lines, so the interesting thing then is to find out who this Mr Lott was, how long he had been here, where he was from, who his family were, so you make a story about this man. He wasn’t just a three-line person who got sent to prison, he had a whole story. I love doing that sort of thing.”
Ms Simes said the museum housed a treasure trove of information for anyone with a curious mind – or a love of nostalgia.
“We do have someone who wrote and lived in lots of places around the turn of the century, which is really helpful,” she said.
“We have pictures of the main street, and people talking and writing about things. We have business records, for instance, the Mylotts bakery, which was where the Commonwealth Bank is now; we have all their records from when they used to take handwritten records of every customer.”
The museum opens 10am-12 Wednesday and Friday, and 10am-2pm Saturday.