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2009 Standards Program Participants - Southern Inland Queensland

A key outcome from the 2009 Standards Program has been the development of an improved media profile for participating organisations.

Chinchilla Historical Museum

Chinchilla Melon Festival. Image courtesy Chinchilla Historical Museum.

Chinchilla Historical Museum is dedicated to the natural resources of the Chinchilla area and the history of their use. It offers a glimpse into farming and local industry with key displays including: the ‘Cypress Pine Centre’, which tells the story of the saw milling industry that established the town of Chinchilla (it is believed that the town name comes from the Aboriginal word ‘Jinchilla’ which means Cypress Pine); the ‘Green Plague’ exhibit, explaining the devastation caused by the Prickly Pear cactus and the development of the local cactoblastus moth breeding program; and, the Melon Festival display, celebrating Chinchilla as the ‘melon capital’ of Australia, and telling the story of this important industry and its contribution to the economic and tourist growth in the town.

Address: 17-33 Villiers St, Chinchilla

Discover Eumundi Heritage & Visitor Centre

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Setting up the Markets. Image courtesy Discover Eumundi Heritage & Visitor Centre.

Discover Eumundi Heritage and Visitor Centre is housed in the old Methodist Church and is one of the most visited museums on the Sunshine Coast with an estimated 10,000 visitors per year.

The museum displays start with its collection of Aboriginal artefacts. Significantly, two local Aboriginal groups, the Undambi and the Dalungbara, have given their agreement for the Eumundi Museum to be a keeping place for their artefacts.

Address: Cnr Gridley St & Memorial Drive, Eumundi

Dogwood Crossing @ Miles

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Dogwood Crossing @ Miles - at night. Image courtesy Dogwood Crossing @ Miles.

Dogwood Crossing, Miles is a centre for Community, Creativity and Inspiration. Offering an A class Regional Art Gallery, Library, IT centre, event space, workshop room and social history displays, Dogwood Crossing is the premier cultural institution for the Western Downs Region. The centre and its staff play a key leadership, advocacy and advisory role in the region's arts and cultural development.

The innovative centre is strongly supported by the community it serves and is a destination frequently visited by travellers. More recently, the services it provides have been taken up by transient workers, resource companies and encouraged new families to the area. The multidisciplinary delivery of integrated cultural experiences within one enterprise was unique when the centre opened in 2002.  The award-winning building has itself become a cultural icon for the region with seven-meter tall stylised bottle trees forming a colonnade down the centre of the facility. Dogwood Crossing, Miles has become the cultural heart of the region and fulfills its vision of "a vibrant centre that connects people and inspires creativity, thus enriching our community and the lives of those who visit us."

Address: Cnr Warrego and Leichhardt Highways, Miles

Transport and Main Roads Heritage Centre

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Inside the Main Gallery: a glimpseof early road construction.Image courtesy Main Roads HeritageCentre 2008.

The only road building museum in Australia, the Transport and Main Roads Heritage Centre offers an exclusive perspective of the history of road building in Queensland.

Promoting over 95 years of contribution to the rural, economic and social development of Queensland, the centre highlights the story and culture of a department rich with history.

Located opposite Toowoomba's airport terminal, the museum showcases the hard work and pioneering spirit which has helped shape Queensland. Learn how Queensland's road network has been developed, from the conditions under which road workers laboured, to the modern plant and equipment you see on roads today. You’ll be surprised at what you discover. 

Address: 2-22 Mutze St, Toowoomba

Miles Historical Village

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Streetscape - Miles Historical Village. Image courtesy Miles Historical Village.

The Miles Historical Village was officially opened in 1971, and over the years has developed into one of the premier tourist attractions within the region: a place for connecting to memories of early 1900’s rural lifestyle. There are currently over 35 buildings in a streetscape with amazing collections and links to a bygone era…if you remember it, we have it!

Featured original buildings include the Hippong Slab Hut Homestead from just north of Miles, a property whose name is derived from an early Chinese shepherd, Hip Pong, and the Columboola Hall, Dalwogan Railway Siding, Andersen’s Smithy, Jimbour CWA, Village School, Dairy, Gaol, Dulacca Presbyterian Church and the Australian Bank of Commerce. Recreated buildings in the streetscape include The Red Rose Café, a replica of the first Greek café built in Miles in 1925, the boot maker, union hotel, hospital, butcher, barber shop, laundry, garage, post office, bakery and printery – The Murilla Express.

Address: 141 Murilla St, Miles

Milne Bay Military Museum

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Unique Stein. Image courtesy M&GSQ.

Milne Bay Military Museum, the official 25/49 Battalion History Room as recognised by the Army History Unit, began as a collection of artefacts belonging to 25th Battalion veterans who had served during World War I and II and in the Battle of Milne Bay in 1942. The collection has grown over the years to include all theatres of World War II, as well as the Boer War, World War I, the Korean and Vietnam Wars, and more recent conflicts.

Address: O'Quinn Street, Toowoomba

Stanthorpe Regional Art Gallery

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William Robinson, Trotting Guernseys, 1980. Oil on canvas.Acknowledgement: Southern Downs Regional Art Collection. Gifted by the artist under the Cultural Gifts Program 2002. Courtesy the artist.

Opened in November 1987, Stanthorpe Regional Art Gallery came into being from the hard work and dedication of the Stanthorpe Art Gallery Society, created in 1972. The collection has been developed progressively. Key pieces include early works by Gordon Bennett, William Robinson, Suzanne Archer, David Rankin and David Aspden, with donations by Pamela Bell O.A.M. of texts from her personal art library, and by William Bowmore A.O. of works by Pablo Picasso, Charles Blackmore, Margaret Olley and Sam Fullbrook. 

The gallery is also fortunate to hold five ceramic works by Gwen Hanssen Pigott from across a 20 year working period, demonstrating the diversity in the practice of Australia’s most acclaimed potter.

Address: Weeroona Park, Cnr Lock and Marsh Sts, Stanthorpe

Warwick Art Gallery

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Tree Jumper. Image courtesy Loretta Grayson.

Warwick Art Gallery is at the forefront of cultural activities in the Southern Downs region of Queensland. Especially committed to community activities, the Gallery aims to identify, promote and celebrate the community’s artistic and cultural identity and support community based festivals, exchanges and events. The Gallery’s major event is an outdoor winter festival called ‘Jumpers and Jazz in July’. The festival has a focus on textile arts and jazz music and showcases more that 100 artworks made for bare trees in the CBD. Since 2008 the Gallery has acquired a number of the most popular and/or stunning examples of this art form.

Address: 49 Albion St, Warwick


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