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Gold Coast Historical Society and Museum

8 Elliott Street, Surfers Paradise, Gold Coast QLD 4217
Opening hours
Tuesday - Wednesday, 10am - 1pm; Sunday 10am - 3pm


The Gold Coast Historical Society was established in 1972 and is set amongst tranquil gardens of a remnant littoral rainforest and Wallum garden. The site was originally an Aboriginal gathering place and then a cemetery for pioneer Bundall Sugar Mill workers.  

Spend time in the John Elliott Building which houses a treasure-trove of local history items, such as Cable Station equipment which was in operation from 1902; the Paula Stafford Bikini Collection worn in the 1950s; items from the Scottish Prince which was wrecked off Stradbroke Island 1887; and over one thousand photographs, newspapers, maps and development plans of the Gold Coast area.

Wander through the Steam Engines Building and Dolan’s Barn which houses machinery and tools from early timber cutter days and agriculture; visit the Early Settlers cottage and the Vincent Sheldon Art Studio.

Or just join our lovely volunteers for a cuppa and a chat.

Find us


Museums & Galleries Queensland
122 Gerler Road
Hendra QLD 4011

t: (07) 3059 9740 / Freecall within QLD: 1800 866 101

ABN: 32 109 874 811
ACN: 109 874 811

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