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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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Sneak peak of the museum. Acknowledgement: Gail Wipaki

Wander back in time and explore our local history with displays of local Indigenous artefacts and Burke and Wills exploration, including a water bottle. Learn about the deserted mining towns of Mary Kathleen, Kuridala and more. See the machinery that was once used in the district, such as the unique Cloncurry Rail Ambulance, a 1941 ford, and the newly acquired Sandvik Jumbo Drill rig. Do you remember using typewriters, gramophones or reading the school books? Relax and read snippets of a bygone era and Ernest Henry’s letters to home.

Cloncurry Unearthed Visitor Information Centre and Museum houses one of the most comprehensive rock, mineral, ore and crystal displays in Australia.

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

John Flynn Place Museum and Art Gallery commemorates the birth of the Royal Flying Doctors Service and the struggles to get the Aviation Medical Service off the ground. The Museum displays the story of Queensland's section until 1964 when it moved to Mount Isa from Cloncurry. It also displays the history of Alfred Traeger's Pedal Radio System; Bud O'Sullivan, Queensland's first school of the air teacher; Rev. Fred McKay, Dr Alan Vickers, and many more that dedicated their life, time and contribution to this amazing Australian icon, now known as the RFDS. Where history takes flight.

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



Mount Isa Regional Art Gallery & Riversleigh Fossil Centre

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

Mount Isa Regional Art Gallery is located at Outback at Isa – Mount Isa's accredited Visitor Information Centre and cultural heart of Mount Isa with two heritage displays in-house. The gallery boasts local, national and international exhibitions ranging from paintings, photography, pottery, indigenous art in the newly renovated art gallery. Enjoy refreshments in our cosy cafe with all-day breakfast, lunch and home-made cakes, freshly baked on site. The entry to the Mount Isa Regional Art Gallery is for free and very popular with Mount Isa locals and especially travellers visiting Outback at Isa.

Riversleigh Fossil Centre is an interpretive facility that not only displays but also processes the unique Australian animal fossil specimens of the Riversleigh World Heritage area. The centre itself incorporates a small theatre, ancient animal diorama and fossil display as well as a laboratory, kid’s area and microscope room. The Riversleigh Fossil Centre both motivates, educates and interacts with its audiences through our interpretive guided tours, providing an immersive insight into Riversleigh’s ancient past and the unusual creatures that existed throughout the many different periods of geological time.

Address: Outback at Isa, 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

The Mount Isa Underground Hospital, constructed during March/April 1942 after the Japanese bombed Darwin and later Katherine in the Northern Territory. Off-duty miners from Mount Isa Mines volunteered their time to build the evacuation hospital into the side of the hill behind the existing hospital. As a wartime underground civilian hospital, built by civilians, it appears to be unique in Australia.

The Beth Anderson Museum is full of wonderful memorabilia from the 1930s.
You will find an extensive range of antique medical equipment, including a hand written First Aid Manual, large posters of the human anatomy and a real skeleton that was used for educational purposes. As well as medical paraphernalia, there are some interesting World War II items.

Also onsite is Tent House. Housing was scarce in Mount Isa after Miles' discovery of lead and silver. Men came in droves, and some brought their families with them. Accommodation was needed, and it was needed fast. Canvas was a fairly readily available product and so it was used to make 'tent houses'.

Address: Lot 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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