- Kronosaurus Korner
- Maritime Museum of Townsville
- Queensland Maritime Museum
- Townsville Heritage Centre
- Zara Clark Museum
The 2014 Standards Review Program had four organisations from North Queensland participating and one out-of-round participant in Brisbane. The participating museums and galleries worked through the year-long program which assisted them to recognise their achievements, improve their practice and raise their profile.
Kronosaurus Korner is Australia’s premier marine fossil museum, featuring over 600 registered fossils from Richmond, Outback Queensland. The fossils on display provide fascinating insights into the creatures that survived in the ancient Eromanga Sea which covered Richmond over 100 million years ago. Kronosaurus Korner is proud to exhibit many significant specimens, including ‘Penny’ the plesiosaur – one of the most complete vertebrate fossils in the world, ‘Wandah’ – Australia’s largest fossil fish, Minmi – a small plant-eating dinosaur affectionately known as ‘the armoured car of the Cretaceous’ and ‘Marlin’s Beastie’ – the limb bones of a completely new, long-necked sauropod dinosaur.
The museum also displays the largest known collection of fossils belonging to its namesake, Kronosaurus – a 10 metre long predatory pliosaur, which was equipped with enormous crocodile-like jaws. Kronosaurus Korner also features audio guides, a theatrette and a world-class preparation laboratory, where visitors can watch the careful removal of fossils from their rocky surroundings. From May to August, fossil hunting enthusiasts can accompany Kronosaurus Korner’s resident palaeontologist on ‘Digging At Dusk’ fieldtrips to Richmond’s famous fossil sites. Bookings can also be made for larger, week-long ‘CSI: Cretaceous Sea Monster Investigation’ digs in July.
Address: 91-93 Goldring St, Richmond
Maritime Museum of Townsville
Indulge your fascination with the sea…
Set on the banks of the picturesque Ross Creek, the Maritime Museum of Townsville holds many interesting treasures and tells the story of the maritime history of Townsville and surrounds. Friendly volunteers will greet you as you begin to explore the Museum.
Immerse yourself in the story of the SS Yongala and its fateful encounter with a cyclone in 1911. Tragically there were no survivors but eerily the mailbag washed ashore and after being dried, the letters were posted. You can see some of these in the display. There is also portholes, hatches, crockery and the evocative ship’s bell from ‘North Queensland’s Titanic’.
The Yongala was a coastal passenger ship, which in the era before rail travel, provided a vital service to the coastal towns of Australia and her loss was widely felt. The mysterious disappearance of the Yongala triggered reports of a ghost ship often seen between Townville and Bowen until the wreck was eventually discovered in 1958.
There is a fabulous model ship collection, which shows the intricacies of miniature shipbuilding. Many of these models were built using original ships’ plans and are correct to the smallest detail.
You can also see the Bay Rock Lighthouse, Beth – an authentic harbor tender, the clinker built dinghy used in the movie Australia and an anchor purported to be from the l’astrolabe, French explorer La Perouse’s ill fated ship.
Relax on the deck overlooking the sailing boats or have a picnic in the beautiful grounds where the kids can run around. You can purchase a souvenir or two and then head to the nearby Palmer St café precinct for a coffee.
Address: 42-68 Palmer Street, South Townsville
Queensland Maritime Museum
The Museum is located at the heritage listed South Brisbane Dry Dock. Berthed in the dock are the WW2 frigate HMAS DIAMANTINA and the lightship Carpentaria. DIAMANTINA is a river class frigate named after the major river in western Queensland that was named in honour of Lady Diamantina Bowen, wife of Queensland’s first Governor. The ship has international significance as the sole surviving river class frigate in the world, for her role hosting the final surrender ceremony of WW2, and for her 20 year contribution to oceanography.
The dry dock is open to public inspection and is one of only a few such visitor experiences in the world. The dock played an important role in the development of Queensland and during WW2.
QMM houses a fascinating collection of maritime artefacts that represent many aspects of Queensland’s rich maritime heritage. The displays tell stories and depict the challenges and inspiration of the sea, from around the world.
We are focused on providing a high quality visitor experience and receive much positive feedback from our visitors to the effect that QMM is one of the finest maritime museums in Australia.
Address: Cnr Stanley & Sidon St, South Brisbane
Townsville Heritage Centre
Visitors to Townsville Heritage Centre receive a very warm welcome from the volunteer guides. Located near Townsville’s impressive Castle Hill, visitors experience the rich heritage of the city during their tour of the historic home ‘Currajong’ and the ‘Worker’s Cottage’.
‘Currajong’ has a fascinating history during its nearly 100-year occupancy since 1888. Built as a villa residence for landed gentry the house also served as a military hospital during World War Two, a monastery, and nunnery. The home has been beautifully restored to its 19th century décor and furnished of the era.
Adjacent to ‘Currajong’ is the ‘Worker’s Cottage’, circa 1884. This quaint 1-bedroom dwelling gives visitors a great sense of the pioneering spirit of North Queensland. Your guided tour brings to life these marvellous dwellings set in carefully maintained spacious heritage-inspired gardens and expansive lawns.
View the fascinating Green collection of ceramics from the first Japanese Consulate in Australia, which was located in Townsville.
Address: 5 Castling Street, West End, Townsville
Zara Clark Museum
Visitors can relive the history of Charters Towers at the Zara Clark Museum. A large collection of everyday objects, historical machinery and photographs, tells the story of life in the area over time and illustrates the excitement of Charters Towers’ development since the discovery of gold in 1871.
The museum is housed in a heritage listed, late Victorian building reflecting the affluence and confidence of Charters Towers’ golden past. From the late 19th century many companies have operated within the building, providing essential goods and services to the businesses, pastoralists and miners within the area.
Items on display are organised around a series of themes, offering something of interest for every visitor. Popular displays include a rare example of a Lampson Aerial Cash System from the old Stan Pollard’s store in the main street, the gaming machines from a SP bookmaker’s shop offering to tell your future at a price, and the Charles Wallace Collection, showcasing the town’s proud military history from the Boer to the Vietnam wars, which holds a poignant story concerning a pair of unfinished socks from World War I.
Friendly volunteers are always on hand at the museum to share their special stories, present guided tours and demonstrate some of the equipment on display.
Address: 36 Mosman St, Charters Towers