The Parndana Museum on Kangaroo Island ran its Childhood Experience Exhibition on May 21 and 22 in the Parndana Hall.

Don't touch!: The kids stay behind the rope barrier. Photo: Supplied.
Don't touch!: The kids stay behind the rope barrier. Photo: Supplied.

The Parndana Museum ran its Childhood Experience Exhibition on May 21 and 22 in the Parndana Hall.

There was a steady flow of visitors through on Sunday and it was good to see that each one stayed for quite a time looking at the various displays.

Isaac Doman, a year 12 photography student at Kingscote Campus had  taken tiny, poor quality photos and enlarged them to A3 size on the topic of ‘work’.

One in particular of a 16 year-old lad nailing the roof on the Armco shed interested viewers, as he had a large ginger cat keeping him company up there.

The museum had been lent various items of clothing and toys.

Thanks to those who generously allowed the museum to use their precious objects and photos.

When the museum set it all up there was a concern about small fingers being unable to resist handling the Matchbox cars and tiny items so the solution was to run a rope around them to act as a boundary line.

On Monday about 100 students from Kingscote and Parndana attended and had fun changing baby’s nappy with a cloth square instead of a disposable nappy.

They also enjoyed the pen and ink experience.

“Dip it gently in the ink well so you don’t get ink everywhere”, was the instruction.

The teachers had prepared the class before coming and most were comparing items from the past with what they have today.

As the photo shows the rope barrier worked well and the students grasped the idea that it was like the blue line at the Christmas pageant!

The banners in the centre of the hall were provided by History Trust SA and the museum matched the ten topics on the banners with our local experiences in the ‘50s and ‘60s when children milked cows and fed the pigs before going to school.

The transition to adulthood section featured Jan Rawling’s deb frock and a bright red bridesmaid dress worn by Julie Barrett.

Thanks to all who helped set up and run the display.

The next tasks for the museum include bringing in a D7 dozer from the scheme which was donated by Mr Ken McWhinnie, who sadly died last month.

The KI Lions Clubs have generously donated money to help build a shed to store it in and the museum appreciates their help.

The main event for the museum will be a 70 years reunion of anyone associated with the War Service Land Scheme on Kangaroo Island which will be held from April 25-29 2018.

Please pass on those details to anyone who you think may be interested as the museum has no way of contacting everyone directly.