Aberdeen's very own history group, the Upper Hunter Museum of Rural Life's Local Studies Group, is pleased to see the A.C. & F. Co Meatworks gate posts re-erected in proud prominence in the Rose Garden in Dangar Park, Aberdeen.
Upper Hunter Museum of Rural Life, which incorporates the Aberdeen Local Studies Group, collects and preserves old photos and historically significant stories from Aberdeen and have for so long been asked questions by local people about the gates and gateposts from the Aberdeen Meatworks which was totally demolished after being closed in 1999.
They asked and followed up the occasional lead until eventually the gateposts were located. They were stored but had been overgrown by grass and had gradually emerged during the drought.
The Local Studies Group together with some members of the Lions Club then started the process which finally culminated with the Upper Hunter Shire Council laying a concrete path and erecting the seventy year old gateposts in Dangar Park on the western side of the New England Highway where they now face the empty hillside site that was once the site of the Meatworks that was the hub and lifeblood of the community for well over 100 years.
They looked pretty shabby when found but have been sand blasted, thank you Upper Hunter Shire Council, and then painted by the President of Upper Hunter Museum of Rural Life and now look as splendid as they did when erected in 1949.
They are now flanked by the next two storyboards that are a continuation of a series of storyboards that have been compiled and purchased for the interest of the community by the Upper Hunter Museum of Rural Life Inc.