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2008 Standards Program Participants - Gold Coast and Scenic Rim

A key outcome from the 2008 Standards Program has been the development of an improved media profile for participating organisations.

Beaudesert Historical Museum

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Beaudesert's Big Thing - 'Aussie Bee'

What the Standards Program has meant for our Museum

Through the assistance of M&GSQ we now have a working Executive Committee. This means that we can start working on the recommendations made on the field visit. The Executive Committee has had its first meeting and has plans to develop a Mission Statement for the Museum, to be released by the end of January 2009.

'Did You Know' - intriguing facts about the Museum & its collection

The Museum has in its collection a Beaudesert Big Thing, the "Aussie Bee" which stood above the fence on the Mt Lindesay Highway on the corner of Rice's Honey Bee Farm. "Aussie Bee" was the brainchild of Heather Rice who asked a Beaudesert signwriter, Tony Pellinkhof, to produce an advertising image for "Aussie Bee" with an Australian Army slouch hat, a shearers Jackie Howe singlet, army marching boots and a bucket of honey. The Big Thing was produced by a local fibreglass worker based on Tony's painting. Both the advertising sign and the "Aussie Bee" were donated to the museum.

For a full Museum Profile and media release regarding the completion of the 2008 Standards Program see the links below.

Beenleigh & District Historical Society

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An organ donated by the Radke family and situated in Radke Cottage in the Village

What the Standards Program has meant for our Museum

+ We were hoping for some 'museum know-how' and we are now more focused. We are looking at significance and have started on object files and a master plan for our future.

+ There have been many 'light-bulb moments' where things have slotted into place. We are now more aware of where we are at, where we need to go and how to proceed.

'Did You Know' - intriguing facts about the Museum & its collection

The Village has in its collection the Gooding Family Bible. The Goodings were a founding family of Beenleigh. They were farmers, one of the first to grow sugar cane in the area, and operators of a sugar mill and rum distillery. The Village stands on land that was once farmed by the Gooding & Davy families. These two families named Beenleigh after Beenleigh Manor, in Devon, UK, from where they emigrated in 1862.

For a full Museum Profile and media release regarding the completion of the 2008 Standards Program see the links below.

Gold Coast & Hinterland Historical Museum

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Vincent Sheldon trial proof

What the Standards Program has meant for our Museum

+ We now have a better understanding of our Museum's collection and have reassessed the significance of important items in the collection.

+ Our involvement in the Standards Program has meant a better understanding of requirements for the enhancement and display of our collection and awareness of the requirements for care of the collection.

'Did You Know' - intriguing facts about the Museum & its collection

The Museum displays include items from the Pacific Cable Station, situated in Bauer St, Southport. This telegraph cable, opened to public traffic on 8 December 1902, linked Australia and Great Britain via Canada and British dependencies in the Pacific. The laying of the Pacific Cable was a major engineering feat for the time, costing about two million pounds. Southport handled telegraph traffic for all over Australia until 1912. The Pacific Cable was an important communications link between the east coast of Australia and the rest of the world until its closure in 1962.

For a full Museum Profile and media release regarding the completion of the 2008 Standards Program see the links below.

Garden Hill at Lost World

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Example of a timber slide in use - watering the vegetable garden in front of "Ladybrook" Homestead c1930

What the Standards Program has meant for our Museum

+ The Standards Program has given practical advice to the Garden Hill at Lost World Museum on how to document our collection and connect some of the items to the stories of our community.

+ By discussing aspects of planning and management with the Reviewers on site we were able to focus on the priorities and create a timeline for what needs to be achieved.

'Did You Know' - intriguing facts about the Museum & its collection

Horse-pulled wooden slides were used in the Darlington area as a means of transporting children, milk and farm goods. The Museum has a wooden slide in its collection that was used on a local property. According to Peter O'Reilly, horses dragged them through rainforest, and then up the steep spurs of the region using a pulley block system attached to trees. It was slow work and could take days to tow the slides a mile up the steep ridges.

For a full Museum Profile and media release regarding the completion of the 2008 Standards Program see the links below.

Rathdowney Historical Museum (RADHA Inc)

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Fred Johnson cream truck

What the Standards Program has meant for our Museum

+ The Standards Program has helped us to refocus and identify significant items in our collection, which has assisted us in the development of a marketing strategy.

+ Being involved in the Standards Program has reinforced the need for documentation, cataloguing, and identifying & recording the provenance of objects in the collection.

'Did You Know' - intriguing facts about the Museum & its collection

The Museum has in its collection the Fred Johnson cream truck, which operated in the area from 1939 to 1973. The truck, a D35 International, which cost £800 to buy new at the Brisbane Exhibition in 1938, was used to collect and cart cream from the Barney View farms to the Rathdowney Tramway Station. After the Station was closed in 1944 the cream was then transported to Beaudesert factory, a distance of 50 miles one way. Fred also would do shopping for the farmers and deliver mail, meat, bread and any other provisions they needed.

For a full Museum Profile and media release regarding the completion of the 2008 Standards Program see the links below.

Tamborine Mountain Heritage Centre

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Scale model of the Curtis sawmillwhich was driven by a waterwheel

What the Standards Program has meant for our Museum

+ The Standards Program has emphasised the need for more documentation regarding the collection including details of acquisition, preservation and restoration of particular items, as well as significance.

+ We have realised the need for a consistent approach to interpretation of the buildings and displays. We are developing standardised signage to aid visitors to better understand the buildings and displays in terms of the chronological context of the settlement of Tamborine Mountain.

'Did You Know' - intriguing facts about the Museum & its collection

The Historical Society has in its collection the theodoloite used by a local man, surveyor William Henry Davidson, to survey the Northern Territory and Queensland border in the 1880s. A theodolite is a scientific instrument used by Surveyors for measuring angles (directions) in the horizontal and vertical planes. When the border was re-surveyed and measured using modern surveying equipment about 20 years ago they found the original survey was only out by a metre or so in a couple of places, demonstrating the accuracy and skill of the surveyor.

For a full Museum Profile and media release regarding the completion of the 2008 Standards Program see the links below.

Upper Clarence Historical Society Pioneer Cottage & Bicentennial Museum

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A Chinese urn which may be from the Tooloom gold diggings of the 1860s. The Society is researching the provenance of this item further.

What the Standards Program has meant for our Museum

+ Through being involved in the Standards Program we have received help in identifying significant items in our collection and assistance with understanding object files and significance statements. This has benefited the Society greatly allowing a starting point to be established for cataloguing.

+ The Standards Program has enabled us to focus and define our goals, to update our collection policy and to implement a strategic plan.

'Did You Know' - intriguing facts about the Museum & its collection

The local Anglican Church, St Marks Church Urbenville, has an intangible link to the landing of the ANZACS at Gallipoli on 25 April 1915 as the original church building was consecrated on that date. It is the only church in Australia with that distinction. The church was destroyed in a storm in the 1960s and the museum has the original church door. The new church building's foundation stone was laid on 25 April 1965.

For a full Museum Profile and media release regarding the completion of the 2008 Standards Program see the links below.

Yugambeh Museum, Language & Heritage Research Centre

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Pearl-shell carved by Yugambehfisherman, 2005. Represents 'Gwonda' the white-finned dolphin - hunter of fish.

What the Standards Program has meant for our Museum

+ The Standards Program brought home to us the importance of formal guidelines for management. The Yugambeh Museum will regularly review and update its Policies and Procedures Manual and ensure it is readily accessible to all staff.

+ We have realised that the significance of an object can be greatly enhanced by the addition of relevant data eg provenance, type of material, ownership, age, etc. In the future the Yugambeh Museum will ensure that all known information about an object is recorded on the database for curator use.

'Did You Know' - intriguing facts about the Museum & its collection

Yugambeh Museum has in its collection 12 000+ artefacts such as stone and wooden tools and weapons, from pre-European and historical times, gathered from archaeological sites and open landscape areas across traditional Yugambeh land and neighbouring regions. A large number of the artefacts were collected by the Scout Movement in the 1960s, apparently for scientific research.

For a full Museum Profile and media release regarding the completion of the 2008 Standards Program see the links below.

 

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