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2012 Standards Participants - Wide Bay Burnett

The 2012 Standards Review Program worked with nine organisations in the Bundaberg, Fraser Coast and North Burnett regions. The participating museums and gallery worked through the year long program which assisted them to recognise their achievements, improve their practice and raise their profile.

Australian Sugar Cane Railway

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At the Australian Sugar Cane Railway, located in Bundaberg’s Botanic Gardens, qualified personnel operate restored sugar cane coal fired steam and diesel locomotives hauling cane wagons modified to carry passengers. Accredited with Queensland Transport and registered with Workplace Health and Safety Queensland, their award winning volunteers provide train rides along two kilometres of the narrow gauge track every Sunday, during school holidays and by arrangement.

Skilled members of the Bundaberg Steam Tramway Preservation Society Inc carry out maintenance and restoration of the locomotives largely on site. In 2008 ASCR’s four-year restoration of the Invicta won the Association of Tourist and Heritage Rail Australia’s Steam Locomotive Restoration Award after members with a myriad of skills contributed in excess of a million dollars worth of labour.

Address: Young St, Bundaberg

Bundaberg & District Historical & Museum Society Inc.

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The Bundaberg and District Historical and Museum Society Inc. collects and preserves the heritage of the Bundaberg region. The original Museum’s collections may have been dispersed in the 1940s but the current Museum keeps memories alive by displaying the heritage associated with the Bundaberg’s many industries and its social life. The extensive photographic and archival collections include a wealth of local knowledge from the 1800s to the present day; capturing, amongst other things, people’s lives, buildings and events. The archives are available for research and can be accessed by anyone for a small fee. The collection includes significant objects such as the “World Quilt” sewn in 1933 by Margurite Vuichoud; the unique Lucke Quad’s Cyclops designed pram, as well as a magnificent display of birds collected locally and taxidermied by Charles Skyring in the 1870s.

Address: Botanical Gardens, Mt Perry Road, North Bundaberg

Eidsvold and District Historical Complex

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Eidsvold Station was taken up in 1848 by the Archer brothers, naming it after Eidsvoll, Norway. In 1887 when the goldfields were proclaimed, the bustling gold mining town of over 2000 was named Eidsvold.

Eidsvold Historical Complex is located in country redolent with memories of sheep, cattle and gold mining days from families whose descendants still live in the district. A highlight is their country hospitality which can be organised for booked groups.

On site is the surviving detached kitchen of Knockbreak Homestead – a slab and shingle hut of the Sinclair family from the 1860s. Guthrie Sinclair worked on the Archer brothers’ Eidsvold Station as a shepherd. Paid in sheep, he tendered for a run and moved his family and flocks to Knockbreak, named after his district in Scotland. Other buildings relocated to the complex include the old station buildings of Clonave, the Calrossie store and meat shop and the Riverleigh Railway Fettlers’ Cottage.

Address: 2 Mt Rose St, Eidsvold

Hervey Bay Regional Gallery

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Hervey Bay Regional Gallery was established in 1997 and is a cultural initiative of the Fraser Coast Regional Council. As of December 2012, the gallery operates from a new purpose-built venue, the Fraser Coast Cultural Centre, adjoining a Discovery Sphere. This signature development will set a new standard of activity for the gallery. As the major Category A regional gallery in this area, exhibitions include touring shows from major galleries and museums throughout Australia, and unique state and regional exhibits.

Address: 166 Old Maryborough Rd, Pialba

Hinkler Hall of Aviation

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Come and be amazed by the awe inspiring, dynamic and unique structure of soaring glass and steel made in the shape of an aircraft wing. Set in the lush Bundaberg Botanic Gardens, the Hinkler Hall of Aviation brings to life the adventures and achievements of Australia's famous pioneer solo aviator Bert Hinkler. Become part of the story through interactive displays; fly like Bert on the distinctive glide simulators, be enthralled by Bert's life achievements and personal story in the movie theatrettes, sit in the replica Avro Baby aircraft and also view the original from his record setting 1921 flight. With numerous full size display aircraft exhibits and unique museum artefacts, including the beautifully restored Hinkler House ‘Mon Repos’, Bert Hinkler’s relocated Southampton home, this memorable and extraordinary experience in Bundaberg, QLD is a must do aviation adventure.

Address: Botanic Gardens, Cnr Mount Perry Rd and Young St, Bundaberg North

Monto Historical and Cultural Complex

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The Monto Historical and Cultural Complex is a well presented facility, with a pleasant garden frontage located on one of the main thoroughfares into Monto. The overall aim is to preserve and present the culture, heritage and history of the Monto district and its people. The complex includes a museum and art gallery housed in a modern, air-conditioned building. Half of the internal space is dedicated to changing cultural displays of photography, textiles, art and craft from local artists and societies. Historical displays, exhibits and photographs are located in the other half of the building.

Address: 20 Flinders St, Monto

Mount Perry Centennial Museum

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Situated in the original 1880s Mt Perry Shire Council Chambers, the Mt Perry Museum houses a collection of heritage objects specific to Mt Perry and the surrounding districts. Mining is an important part of that heritage and our collection features historic and operational mining equipment from across a district where mining heritage is all around, including remnants from the earliest days of the copper mines in the 1860s.

Mining brought new settlers who developed a range of businesses to service the community including an astounding 25 pubs at one time or another, cordial factories, dressmakers, butchers and haberdashers. Elements from some of these businesses can be found on display in the museum. People came from everywhere, from countries across the world and our embroidery collection reflects this wonderful diversity. A scary collection of historic hospital equipment from the renowned Mt Perry Hospital is also on display.

The township of Mt Perry has a diverse collection of original buildings and within the grounds of the museum stands Madsen’s kitchen, an original slab structure from nearby Drummers Creek which has been restored. The evocative interior depicts the kitchen as it was when it was used in the 1860s, with domestic objects from across the life of the building.

Address: 100 Heusman St, Mt Perry

Old Pharmacy

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The bustling town of Childers in the North Burnett was first opened up to timber-getting during the 1850s and 1860s. As the township developed, it drew Thomas Gaydon, who opened the chemist shop in the town in 1894. Gaydon was Childers’ first chemist, dentist, optician, vet and photographer.

Located in the centre of historic Childers, the chemist shop now operates as a museum named The Old Pharmacy. It houses an enormous collection left over from Thomas Gaydon and is one of only two intact early chemist shops in Australia. Visitors to the Old Pharmacy can now view the mysterious potions and early hand-made medications from 1894 and changes in pharmaceutical practices up to 1982. The internal original fixtures and the beautiful mosaic tiled floor offer a visual escapade into an earlier time. Combined with the guided tour, which presents the history of the shop and dispensary in an interesting and engaging manner, the demonstrations, including pill-rolling and label-making, complete a comprehensive and educational visitor experience.

Address: 90 Churchill St, Childers

Portside Centre

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The Portside Centre reveals the history of the Port of Maryborough and how the City developed around the Port. It is a complex of 3 heritage-listed buildings: Customs House, Customs Sub-Collectors Residence and Bond Store. Located in an enviable area of Maryborough renowned for its wonderful heritage buildings, the Centre is a gateway experience for visitors to the city and further afield into the region.

Address: Cnr Wharf and Richmond Streets, Bond Store - 101 Wharf Street, Maryborough


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