- Chinchilla Historical Museum
- Gallery 107 @ Dalby
- Lapunyah Art Gallery
- Miles Historical Village Museum
- Roma on Bungil Gallery
- Taroom & District Historical Museum
The 2016 Standards Review Program had six organisations in the Maranoa, Banana and Western Downs regions. The participating museums and galleries had worked through the year-long program, which assisted them to recognise their achievements, improve their practice and raise their profile.
M&G QLD is pleased to acknowledge the support of Western Downs Regional Council, Maranoa Regional Council and the Regional Arts Development Fund, which allowed M&G QLD to deliver this program to the region. The Regional Arts Development Fund is a partnership between the Queensland Government and Western Downs Regional Council to support local arts and culture in regional Queensland. The Regional Arts Development Fund is a partnership between the Queensland Government and Maranoa Regional Council to support local arts and culture in regional Queensland.
Chinchilla Historical Museum
Come to the Chinchilla Historical Museum and stand in the place where the fight against the scourge of prickly pear was instigated, read about the development of the experimental station and the first plant killed by the larvae of the cactoblastis moth.
Find the unique, local petrified wood called Chinchilla Red, which can be dated to the Jurassic Period (140 - 180 million years ago) and learn about the local timber industry at the Cyprus Pine Interpretive Centre.
Discover the perils of country policing and see one of the only remaining, fire damaged police cells in Australia. See many examples of historical machinery including a unique Mogul tractor. An extensive collection of family and local history information, photographs and newspaper articles can be found in the Kathleen Emmerson Library, which is located in the museum grounds and can be visited by making an appointment.
Come for a ride on the mini train and get a fabulous view of the entire museum grounds or just bring a picnic and relax in peaceful surroundings.
Address: 17–33 Villiers Street, Chinchilla
Gallery 107 @ Dalby
Gallery 107 @ Dalby is a contemporary art space in rural Queensland showcasing emerging and established artists. The Gallery is situated in Dalby’s cultural hub, MyALL 107.
The Gallery offers a range of participatory programming including interactive exhibitions, workshops and community projects. Gallery 107 @ Dalby engages with its community and visitors through social media and the welcoming volunteers. Open 7 days a week, it’s well worth a visit.
Address: 107 Drayton Street, Dalby
Lapunyah Art Gallery
Lapunyah Art Gallery is located in the Cultural Precinct in Chinchilla’s Central Business District. Recognised as a warm and welcoming space for exhibiting artists and visitors, Lapunyah has a changing program of local and touring exhibitions across two gallery spaces.
Entirely managed by a team of dedicated volunteers, the Gallery increases the profile of local artists and provides thought provoking contemporary exhibitions for the community. The highly skilled volunteer staff provide professional development support through exhibition opportunities complimented by community workshops.
With a focus on strong teamwork Lapunyah develops the professionalism of their volunteers through a unique in house exhibition mentoring program and regular skills training.
The Lapunyah Art Gallery holds images of local Acacia and Fungi by Grace Lithgow and works by significant artists such as Hugh and Anthony Sawrey, Rex Bacchus-Smith, Tom McAulay, John Morrison and Paul Ching-Bor.
The volunteer staff would love to welcome you to Lapunyah Art Gallery and introduce you to Chinchilla and the creative life of the region.
Address: 80-86 Heeney Street, Chinchila
Miles Historical Village Museum
The Miles Historical Village Museum 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 a disappearing country 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, 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.
Visitors are welcome at Miles Historical Village Museum every day except Christmas Day. Come along and explore a slice of history in this unique setting!
Address: 141 Murilla Street, Miles
Roma on Bungil Gallery
Roma on Bungil Gallery is a vibrant, accessible space that presents quality exhibitions to reflect and celebrate the local community. The gallery is the result of many years of passionate endeavour by local artists, which resulted in a purpose built gallery space. It is located in the Roma Community Arts Centre, the cultural hub of the region.
The focus of the volunteer committee is to provide a space that widens cultural horizons and encourages social interaction. The gallery is generously supported by Santos GLNG and Maranoa Regional Council.
Be sure to stop in and experience exhibitions of local, regional and touring artwork.
Address: 38-44 Hawthorne Street, Roma
Taroom & District Historical Museum
Follow explorer Ludwig Leichhardt’s 1844 footsteps into the rich farming country around the Dawson River and visit the Taroom Museum. The Taroom Museum holds a collection of objects specific to Taroom and the surrounding district.
Wander through museum buildings, including St Mary’s Church of 1893, the Boathouse and Jongh Tai Shue’s Confectionary and Bakery shop.
Our diverse collections include objects from early businesses, a Blacksmith’s forge, and a fabulous piece of jewellery belonging to Sarah, wife of John Becker the Bootmaker c1870.
Experience a 19th century round pole and slab house, which was the Reynolds’ home and also the township’s general store. Feel what it was like to be confined in the original Taroom lockup. You can also see a variety of machinery from pioneering days.
Come and see our wonderful collection, bring a picnic and enjoy the grounds.
Address: 17 Kelman Street, Taroom