The Morrison Collection, artifacts of the Wonnarua people and Kooris of the Hunter, is currently housed at the Australian Museum. The collection includes two canoes which are more than 200 years old and need to be housed in strict climate controlled conditions, boomerangs, spears, axe heads and handles and the original arch which was located in George Street, Singleton.
The WNAC has negotiated for the collection to be loaned to the Newcastle Museum to make these important artifacts more accessible to the Wonnarua people in their homeland of the Hunter.
The WNAC was successful in their federal grant application of $20,000 to fund the collection to be professionally photographed and available on a website and to train Wonnarua people as museum curators.
Negotiations are well advanced for the collection to be housed in Newcastle for three or five years and it may potentially be housed in the Singleton area in the future.
Information from The Australian Museum on the Morrison Collection: