AN OLD meat cleaver, a rabbit trap, a 100-year-old coffee grinder and a collection of fine China are just some of the items on show at a Catholic Church fundraising exhibition this weekend.
St Mary’s Parish Committee is hosting Collections — An Exhibition, showcasing a snapshot of what people have collected over the years.
Among the items on display are some beautiful crockery from Eileen Symons, including a cup and saucer she received as a 21st birthday present.
Mrs Symons has cupboards of the fine China in her house that she has collected over the years.
‘‘I used to use them and then I just started collecting them,’’ she said.
Her son pops in to op shops in Melbourne looking for old bottles so there’s now a family of collectors.
John Moyle, an auctioneer with Landmark, has a meat cleaver that used to hang in the butcher shop at Oxley Station.
He also has a 100-year-old coffee grinder complete with the manufacturer’s name — Spong & Co Ltd, England — embossed in gold lettering.
Other items on show include football and cricket swap cards, diaries, tapestries, miniature animals, paintings and Waterford crystal.
St Mary’s Parish Committee member Margaret Hart said funds raised on the Friday night of the exhibition would go towards the Caritas project ‘Women for the World’.
Mrs Hart said women make up about 70 per cent of the world’s poor.
She said $50 could build an energy-saving stove for a family in Malawi and $100 could provide 15 female farmers with vegetable seeds to grow sustainable food in Nepal.
Mrs Hart said the committee hoped to raise about $1000 from this weekend’s Collections exhibition.
It is being held at the St Mary’s Parish Centre in Anstruther St.
Tickets for the opening night on Friday, October 13 are $20 and includes drinks and canapés, starting at 5.30pm.
The exhibition continues Saturday, October 14 from 10am-4pm and Sunday, October 15, 10am-3pm.
Entry is $5 and includes morning/afternoon tea.