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Spike always loved fishing in the Woy Woy area. Spike always loved fishing in the Woy Woy area.
29 August 2018 Posted by 

Museum-quality tribute to Spike Milligan

TERRY COLLINS
S
PIKE Milligan once called Woy Woy the world’s only above-ground cemetery, but the comment was tinged with affection.

The noted comedian maintained a fond connection to the gateway to the peninsula until his death and last month Central Coast Council Library Service launched its museum-quality Spike Milligan Exhibition at Woy Woy Library.
 
The exhibition pays tribute to the beloved entertainer, his family and the Woy Woy region as well as changes to the amenity and functionality of the Library.
 
Council Local History Librarian, Geoff Potter, said the exhibition holds a culturally significant collection of family photographs, recordings and memorabilia, with something for everyone.
 
“It offers a visually engaging, informative and interactive experience to be enjoyed by locals and visitors alike,” Mr Potter said.
 
“A feature of the exhibition space is a small theatrette where a brand-new short film, The Milligans of Woy Woy, which has been created especially for this project, will be shown.”
 
The collection pays tribute not only to Terence ‘Spike’ Milligan but to his parents Flo and Leo and brother Desmond, shedding light on the development of the wonderful Milligan world view.
 
“Spike and his family had a very special connection to Woy Woy and the surrounding suburbs,” Mr Potter said.
 
“His parents emigrated to Australia in 1950 and even though it took almost a decade for Spike to visit his parents, when he finally did it is no surprise he fell in love with the area.
 
“Even though he was born in India and grew up in England, Spike considered the Central Coast his home and he loved nothing more than to visit family, write and relax here.
 
“Spike was supportive of many local organisations including the Woy Woy Little Theatre, Woy Woy Rotary Club and the Gosford City Orchestra as well as (being) a major activist in the 1970s campaign to preserve Riley’s Island near Davistown from real estate development.
 
“Many remember his role in helping to preserve the former St. Luke’s Church of England at Blackwall, but he also played a major part in helping the community to save historic Henry Kendall Cottage.”
 
The exhibition will not be static, with new content constantly being introduced to provide insights into aspects of Milligan family life.
 
Much of the rare material has been donated by community members and Spike’s family, most notably the late Desmond Milligan and his son Michael.
 
Several library improvements coincide with the exhibition.
 
He councl’s Acting Unit Manager Libraries, Beth Burgess, said a new staircase was in place and the staff counter had been relocated to the back of the library to improve security and maximize the space.
 
“Old shelves have been replaced with mobile shelving which means we will now be able to better utilise the area to provide higher quality learning programs and a greater variety of events for our community,” Ms Burgess said.
 
“Now we can better serve the needs of our customers and community as well as celebrate the legend Spike Milligan in a space unlike any other in the world.”
 
Sign up to the Library Service e-newsletter to be one of the first to know about the community day via centralcoast.nsw.gov.au/library or search #ccclibraries on Council’s social media channels.
 
The Spike Milligan Exhibition and refurbishment was made possible thanks to a $188,429 Library Council of NSW Public Library Infrastructure Grant and Central Coast Council.
 
An open day will be held to celebrate the exhibition at Woy Woy Library on Saturday, September 1, from 9.30am-12.30pm.
 
The first 100 attendees on the day will receive a limited-edition commemorative Milligan tote bag.
 
There will be numerous 'Spike' themed activities for the children including face painting, craft and a special Ning Nang
 
Nong Storytime on the new deck at 10.30am.
The morning will also celebrate the 70th anniversary of Woy Woy Library.

 



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Michael Walls
Publisher
P: 0407 783 413
E: Michael@accessnews.com.au

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