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Crows Nest Historical Society

46 Thallon Street, New England Hwy, Crows Nest, QLD 4355
Postal address
Po Box 82, Crows Nest, QLD 4355
Opening hours
Thu-Sun 10am-3pm
Adults: $5; Children: $2

The Crows Nest Historical Society manages the Carbethon Folk Museum & Village. The Society was formed in 1973 and volunteers have developed the museum to the present. Comprising over 20 buildings including memorabilia, both domestic and agricultural from the area.

“Carbethon” built circa 1890 was moved to Crows Nest in 1978 and officially opened as a folk museum in September 1979. The original Ray White shed was the first office of Ray White when he started his business at Crows Nest in 1902 and is of national interest. The shed was moved to the Carbethon Folk Museum & Village in 1994 by the Ray White family. The shed was refurbished in 2010 providing panoramic displays of the Ray White business. The Ray White shed has been accepted for inclusion in the Heritage Treasures booklet through the Toowoomba Regional Council. Ray White’s family home has also been located at the village and has been themed as a period display. The house also includes a photo gallery of local people.

Other buildings include the replica one-teacher school, wireless shop, printery, photographic studio, butchers and an ecumenical church. The members are currently undertaking a refurbishment program by updating and extending displays.

The Crows Nest Historical Society undertook a significance assessment in 2011, with RADF funding. Training was provided by the Museum Development Officer for Southern Inland Queensland. Members are currently implementing and working on the recommendations from that assessment.


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