The efforts of a dedicated team of volunteers paid off for Trafalgar Holden Museum recently when it took out the Tourism Award at the Bendigo Bank Gippsland Business Awards.

The museum, which is run entirely by volunteers, beat out stiff competition from Moe’s Old Gippstown Heritage Park to claim the prize.

Judges described Trafalgar Holden Museum as a unique regional asset, whose small town location and many local exhibits epitomised the very Aussie icon it showcased.

“The professional layout and presentation of the museum, both inside and out, impressed the judges,” chair of the Gippsland Business Awards, Graeme Sennett said.

“The chronological display of exhibits and detailed information makes for an enjoyable visitor experience.

“The museum is an excellent addition to Gippsland tourism attractions and the many local vehicles included provides a genuine link back to the local community.”

Trafalgar Holden Museum opened in October 2014 and features a vast collection of Holden cars and memorabilia from the company’s early days as a leather goods manufacturer, to the present day.

The museum was started by Trafalgar man Neil Joiner, who renovated an old dairy factory to house his collection of classic and vintage Holden vehicles.

The collection has grown over the past two years and now includes exhibits from private collectors and car enthusiasts from across the region. Feature vehicles have also included the Holden Efijy concept car, and a newly displayed Holden bodied 1922 Model T Ford.

According to Mr Joiner, winning the Tourism Award was a huge honour for everyone involved in the museum.

“We were absolutely thrilled to be recognised with the Gippsland Business Award and hope it will encourage even more people to stop in and take a look at what Trafalgar Holden Museum has to offer,” Mr Joiner said.

“The award is a direct reflection of the tireless efforts of our wonderful team of volunteers who work to restore vehicles, run the museum and café, and take care of cleaning and maintenance. We wouldn’t have a museum without them.”

Trafalgar Holden Museum is located at 74 Waterloo Road, Trafalgar and is open from 10am-5pm weekends and public holidays. It is also open on weekdays by appointment.

Entry is $10 adults, $25 families, $7.50 seniors, $2.50 children aged 8-15 (children under eight free). Phone 5633 1684 for further information or to make a weekday or group appointment.

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Photo caption: Trafalgar Holden Museum committee members Rosemary Joiner (left) and Peter McCabe (right) accept the Gippsland Business Award for Tourism from category sponsor Janine Hayes of Destination Gippsland.