- 8 Elliott St, Surfers Paradise, QLD 4217
- Postal address
- PO Box 800, Southport BC, QLD 4215
- Opening hours
- Sundays 10am-3pm or By Appointment
The Gold Coast & Hinterland Historical Society museum is situated on Gold Coast heritage listed land in a side street off Bundall Road creating an oasis from the hustle and bustle of traffic using this busy major traffic thoroughfare less than two kilometres from the Surfers Paradise coastline.
The grounds were the site of an Aboriginal gathering place and are positioned on a remaining section of an extensive section of a sand dune that was formed 120,000 years ago. In addition to being the site of an Aboriginal midden, and a developing historical garden, the grounds were used as a cemetery for local sugarcane workers and remain a consecrated site though rezoned in 1972 for use as a Historical Society.
The gardens have been developed to represent pre & post European history on the site. These include wallum, littoral rainforest and banksia woodland and an edible plant path is planned. The museum was involved with the ABC Open Garden scheme in 2009.
These include the original studio of Vincent Sheldon, a prominent Queensland etcher; “Boowaggan” a reproduction of the Veivers family home, pioneers from the area; Dolan’s Barn, housing a collection of farming tools and machinery; Steam Engine building that displays two sawmill engines from the original Johnston and Freeman sawmill established in Southport in 1876; John Elliott building, which is the museum’s principal display area and new extension that houses items from the Pacific Cable Station Bauer St, Southport and is the display area for the extensive photo collection.