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2019 Standards Participants - Mount Isa and Cloncurry

Four organisations in Mount Isa and Cloncurry are currently undertaking the 2019 Standards Review Program. The following participating museums and galleries are working through the year-long program, which will assist them to recognise their achievements, improve their practice and raise their profile.

Cloncurry Unearthed Visitor Information Centre and Museum

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Cloncurry Unearthed Visitor Information Centre and Museum. Credit: Cloncurry Shire Council

Cloncurry Unearthed Visitor Information Centre and Museum is located in the Mary Kathleen Memorial Park in Cloncurry, North West Queensland.

Discover stories of Cloncurry and the surrounding district through objects in the museum. Learn the story of the mining towns of Mary Kathleen and Kuridala, which were left abandoned following closure of the mines. Discover the story of Dr David Harvey Sutton, who was an inspirational community leader for more than 50 years. Read letters to home written by Ernest Henry, the founder of Cloncurry who discovered copper in the region.

The museum features a gem, rock and mineral display that has been acknowledged as the most comprehensive collection in Australia. See photographs and objects related to explorers Burke and Wills. Explore the outdoor displays including steam engines, farming and mining equipment and a unique rail ambulance.

Address: 48 McIlwraith St, Cloncurry QLD 4824

Opening Hours: Mon-Fri 9.30am-4.30pm, Sat-Sun 9am-4pm

Admission Cost: Adult $12, Senior $10, Child $8, Family $31
Combined pass with Cloncurry Unearthed: Adult $18, Senior $15, Child $12, Family $46.50

Phone: 07 4742 1361



John Flynn Place Museum and Art Gallery

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John Flynn Place Museum and Art Gallery. Acknowledgement: Kaileana Lund

Located in Cloncurry, Outback Queensland, John Flynn Place Museum and Art Gallery tells the founding story of the Royal Flying Doctor Service (RFDS) and Reverend John Flynn’s commitment to better living conditions, particularly medical care, for remote Australia.

Along with celebrating the tenacity of Flynn, learn more about Alfred Traeger, genius inventor of the pedal radio; Dr Alan Vickers, the first permanent flying doctor; and Reverend Fred McKay, second Superintendent of the Australian Inland Mission and RFDS.

Explore four levels of displays on the people and passion that brought about the ‘world’s first air ambulance’ and the technology that made it possible. From pilots to patients, doctors to reverends – see and hear the trials, tribulations and successes.

Address: Cnr King and Daintree Sts, Cloncurry QLD 4824

Opening Hours: Mon-Fri 9am-4pm (March-Dec), Sat, Sun & Public Holidays (May-Sept), Mon-Fri 9am-1pm (mid Jan-Feb)

Admission Cost: Adult $12, Senior $10, Child $8, Family $31
Combined pass with Cloncurry Unearthed: Adult $18, Senior $15, Child $12, Family $46.50

Phone: 07 4742 2778



Outback at Isa

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Left: Mount Isa Regional Art Gallery. Right: Riversleigh Fossil Centre display. Acknowledgement: Outback at Isa

Outback at Isa, located in North West Queensland, is known as the cultural heart of Mount Isa. The centre incorporates the Mount Isa Regional Art Gallery, Isa Experience Heritage Display, Riversleigh Fossil Centre, Rodeo Hall of Fame, Hard Times Mine Tour, Outback at Isa Café, Outback Park and Visitor Information Centre.

The Mount Isa Regional Gallery is located on the first floor of the facility and presents an array of exhibitions from local and regional artists featuring painting, photography, pottery, Indigenous art, mixed media, and more. Entry to the Gallery is free.

Riversleigh Fossil Centre features fossils uncovered in the Riversleigh World Heritage Area, a UNESCO World Heritage Site situated 285km from Mount Isa. The Riversleigh Area is Australia’s most famous fossil location, recognised for the series of well-preserved fossils deposited from early Miocene to more recent geological periods. Explore the dioramas and walk through the rainforest display showcasing life-sized interpretations of some of these uncovered mammals.

The Isa Experience shares the history of Mount Isa through artefacts and stories. Learn about the many cultures that form the town, mining history, minerals found in the local area, and rodeo history.

Address: 19 Marian St, Mount Isa QLD 4825

Opening Hours: Daily 8.30am-5pm

Admission Cost:
Gallery - Free.
Fossil Centre - Adult $15, Concession $10, Child $6, Family $33. With tour: Adult $20, Concession $12, Child $6, Family $35

Phone: 07 4749 1555




Mount Isa Underground Hospital and Museum

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The women's ward of the tunnel hospital. Acknowledgement: Michael Hartley

Step back in time at the Mount Isa Underground Hospital and Museum to visit two heritage-listed Queensland icons!

Greeted by passionate volunteers, you can be guided and amazed by their love of local history on a tour or you can self-navigate the site during opening hours.

Start your tour at the Beth Anderson Museum. Moved from the heritage-listed, now abandoned, mining township of Kuridala, the building served as the hospital in Mount Isa for many years. It holds an abundance of medical equipment which will make you happy to be living in the 21st Century.

Walk through the only surviving tent house which was built in the 1930s in Mount Isa and see what temporary housing was like for miners and their families. These tent houses were built by Mount Isa Mines as an investment in employee welfare.

Experience the coolness of the Underground Hospital which was constructed during World War II in response to potential air raids. The Underground Hospital is unique as it’s the only one in Australia and it was built during a war as a civilian defence structure. It has been restored over a number of years and reopened in 2001 for visitors to marvel at.

Finish your visit with an enjoyable cuppa and an ANZAC biscuit on the verandah of the Beth Anderson Museum.

Address: 1 Joan St, Mount Isa QLD 4825

Opening Hours: April-Sep, Daily 10am-2pm

Admission Cost: Adults $16, Concession $14, Child $5, Family $37

Phone: 07 4749 3087





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