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Come and explore the heritage-listed Boyds’ Shed at the Tweed Heads branch of the Tweed Regional Museum, the base for the family’s commercial fishing operations from the 1920s to the 1960s. Photo supplied.

Imagine being able to stand on local beaches and watch hauls of mullet being netted off the beach. Apparently in the 1950s, before we had fished our oceans dry, that was still a possibility and you can see the footage of the action at the newly refurbished, Byod brothers red fishing shed, now a heritage-listed building, at the Tweed Regional Museums’ Tweed Heads branch at Pioneer Park on Kennedy Drive, Tweed Heads West.

The Boyd ancestors were among the earliest cedar getters on the Tweed in the 1840s, and there are several local landmarks named after the family.

Many locals remember the Boyd Brothers and the red fishing shed which originally stood on the shores of Boyds’ Bay at Tweed Heads. The iconic Boyds’ Shed was built by the Boyd family on the banks of the Terranora inlet in 1906.

The shed was the base for the family’s commercial fishing operations from the 1920s to the 1960s and also became well known as a place for social gatherings.

It was moved to the current site in 1996 to save it from the encroachment of Kennedy Drive.

Museum staff have spent six months refurbishing the shed and interpreting its rich history which is now once again on display for a new generation of visitors to enjoy. Photo supplied.

Rich history

Museum staff have spent six months refurbishing the shed and interpreting its rich history which is now once again on display for a new generation of visitors to enjoy. 

Film footage displayed in the shed depicts hauls of mullet netted off local beaches in the 1950s, much to the delight of holiday crowds, alongside contemporary video interviews documenting stories of the Boyds’ fishing exploits.

Memories of the shed itself, including the process of relocating it and photographs from the Boyd family archives, are also included in new displays. 

Museum Director Judy Kean said the shed had lost none of its atmosphere and charm.

‘While inside enjoying displays, it’s impossible not to smell the sea and hear the water lapping against the pylons and the sound of passing boats – not to mention spotting fish and stingrays swimming in the shallows out the back windows,’ Ms Kean said.

The Tweed Heads branch of the Museum is open every Tuesday, Wednesday, and Sunday from 10am to 4pm (NSW time). 

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