Evans Head is the home of many famous sports people including three World and one Australian Champion Scullers. The Museum has on display the skiff of World Champion rower Evans Paddon, the Edna Mae, named after his wife. We have substantial holdings of photographs in our collection and our Scullers have featured in prior exhibitions. Evans Head, Woodburn and Coraki were major locations for championship boat races.
The Woodburn area has a major history of water skiing established by local policeman Bill Grenfell in the 1950’s who built boats and waterskiis and was a champion water skier in his own right for many years and selected to represent Australian in the Olympics in wrestling. The Museum had a major waterskiing exhibition which gave attention to that important part of our history.
Evans Head has also bred many champion surfers and has been a strong supporter of the Surf Life Saving movement going back many years with the first club established in the 1920’s, nearly a hundred years ago.