Australia's first and
only dedicated black and white art gallery exhibiting the largest
private collection of contemporary cartoons in the Southern
Housed in a heritage listed WW2 Bunker, The Bunker is home to the
Rotary National Cartoon collection displaying original cartoons.
The NSW State forest, Henry Kendall Collection is also exhibited.
Bunker Cartoon Gallery is also home to State Forests' Henry Kendall
Collection - one of the nation's most well respected collections of
fine wood art. Selected pieces are on display at the gallery, all featuring
beautiful Australian timbers by well known artists. The pieces are
rotated regularly to add variety to the exhibition. Eventually,
the entire Henry Kendall Collection will be on display at the proposed
Coffs Harbour Regional Art Gallery.
The Bunker - a
The bunker was built
during the dark days of World War Two, after Coffs Harbour was
selected as the best town on the east coast of Australia to build a
military operations base to defend the nation against invasion. As
part of the Air Force operations, The Bunker was built in 1943 on what
was to become known as City Hill. It became home to many men and women
working to protect their country, including a young Gough Whitlam,
former Prime Minister of Australia.
By 1984, The Bunker
had become derelict filled with rubbish and the occasional home to the
The City Hill site was chosen for a new Regional Art Gallery and The
Bunker was at risk of being demolished.
Rotary Club of Coffs Harbour City recognised the potential of the
building and its heritage value. They proposed it be converted into a
gallery to house the Coffs Cartoon Collection - the largest
contemporary collection of original cartoons in Australia.
restoration of The Bunker only minor alternations were made to ensure
the historical integrity of the structure was preserved. The Bunker
Gallery was opened to the public 1996, largely due to the hard work
the Coffs Harbour City Rotary Club with the support of Coffs Harbour
In late 1996 it was
decided to also utilise the gallery to exhibit selected pieces from
the Henry Kendall Collection, State Forests' fine wood art collection
which is the larges of its kind in Australia. The entire Henry Kendall
Collection will eventually be housed in the proposed Coffs Harbour
Regional Art Gallery but the Bunker has provided an excellent venue
for people to enjoy the works until the new gallery is built.
Open daily 10am to
4pm Closed Christmas Day and Good Friday