At the museum, June 17, 2017

VISITING: Columnist, author and treasure hunter, James Cockington, is coming to Wagga and will speak at the launch of a new travelling exhibition called Creative Accounting. Picture: Contributed
VISITING: Columnist, author and treasure hunter, James Cockington, is coming to Wagga and will speak at the launch of a new travelling exhibition called Creative Accounting. Picture: Contributed

THE Museum of the Riverina will host a modern day treasure hunter to open an upcoming exhibition exploring the enigmatic nature of money.

Rather than raiding tombs or exploring deep-sea crevasses, James Cockington reports on the treasures unearthed in garage sales, op shops and auction houses.

For 25 years, Cockington authored the popular Quirky Investments column in the Sydney Morning Herald and TheAge, writing about unlikely treasures, bargain finds and rare collectibles.

James has a passion for books and has written several on popular culture, including History Happened Here and Banned

He even covered the Museum of the Riverina’s rare collection of figurines and paintings relating to the Tichborne trial.

The trial probed a Wagga butcher’s claim as the heir to the Tichborne baronetcy – a claim that was eventually found to be fraudulent.

He will speak at the launch of a new travelling exhibition called Creative Accounting.

Drawing from old currencies, banking archives and contemporary art, Creative Accounting scratches below the surface of our economic system to reveal money’s enigmatic side.

Money is many things at once: an abstract rendering of value; an agent of propaganda; a decorative device. It plays a central role in all of our lives yet is often overlooked as an object of contemplation.

At a time when money is becoming increasingly abstract, Creative Accounting speculates on its wider value.

During the launch, Cockington will share some of the insights gathered over his long career, showcasing some of the most surprising collectibles that became incredibly valuable in time.

The launch takes place at 7pm, Thursday, July 6 at the Museum’s Historic Council Chambers site. Entry is free but please RSVP at www.museumriverina.com.au/accounting.

Adoption exhibit

DON’T miss the exhibition Without Consent: Australia’s Past Adoption Practices from the National Archives of Australia, which closes on Sunday, June 25.

The Museum’s Historic Council Chambers site, Baylis Street, will be closed for exhibition changeover June 26 to July 6