Stories From The Road Museum shuts its doors after opening in Pirie

SHOCK: Owner of Stories From The Road Museum Liz Martin is saddened by the sudden closure of the centre. This comes only a week after the official opening ceremony.
SHOCK: Owner of Stories From The Road Museum Liz Martin is saddened by the sudden closure of the centre. This comes only a week after the official opening ceremony.

As one door opens, the same door closes.

More than 300 people gathered on March 15 to celebrate the official opening of the Stories From The Road Museum, in Warnertown Road.

About a week later the doors were shut in a bid to combat the spread of coronavirus and protect the community.

Owner of the museum Liz Martin said she was looking forward to the day the museum would be open again.

"The opening was really good. It was well attended. We had a lot of visitors from interstate and other places in South Australia," she said.

But the celebrations were shortlived.

"It is a little bit of a shock to the system, but at the end of the day we need to make sure that our economy and the community's well-being is our priority," she said.

"I have vulnerable family members in other states so I would not want them to be impacted in anyway and I would feel the same about people who have family in Port Pirie.

"We do not want to be bringing in anyone from outside and have them affect anyone in town."

But it is not the end for the truck museum.

Residents are invited eventually visit to gain an insight into the "collection of all collections", featuring local history.

Ms Martin said there is something for everyone, with some heritage pieces dating back to war-time and others which have been collected for 30 years.

"We have got a heap of collectibles so we have got dolls, bottles, model trucks, 'kitchenalia', all sorts of vintage and heritage collections," she said.

"There is the A.R. Kent Heritage garage which features a collection of 'garagenalia' from fuel cans to spark-plugs and old tools and we are looking at putting up a huge shed which will have our truck and bus display in it.

"We have a reasonable collection of our own plus we are going to have other people add to it."

She hopes once the health crisis has settled and the restrictions are lifted, the museum will help boost the economy and attract visitors to the town.

"Tourism is a way for small towns in any region in Australia. It helps attract tourists and encourages them to stay for an extra night in the town," she said.

Ms Martin is calling on the community during this time to get involved and stay updated through their Facebook page - Stories From The Road Museum.

"It is an opportunity for people who are local to contribute a story they would like to tell or, if they have a collection they would like me to highlight, I am certainly happy to continue doing that," she said.

"We are certainly keen to start engaging with the community and making it all the better when we are able to open again."

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