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Rathdowney Area Development & Historical Association Inc

Rathdowney Historical Museum, 82 Mt Lindesay Highway, Rathdowney, QLD 4287
Postal address
Box 17, Rathdowney, QLD 4287
Opening hours
Mon-Fri 9am-3pm, Sat-Sun 9am-4pm
Donation appreciated.

The Rathdowney Historical Museum was opened in November 1984 and is housed in the Information Centre building, formally the Commercial Bank of Australia, Rathdowney Branch 1911-1978.

The collection relates to local history including pioneering families, pioneering women, timber & dairying industries, and artifacts from the local region since settlement from the 1860s onwards.

A collection of historic buildings from around the local area include the Rathdowney Tramway Station, Glenapp & Dulbolla Railway Sidings and a Hut from the Palen Creek Prison Farm. These buildings house an interesting range of objects that were used in everyday life and include a horse-drawn buggy, bullock wagon, drays and wagons.

The annual Rathdowney Heritage Festival celebrates the region’s pioneering days with demonstrations including a working bullock team, wood-chopping, tent-pegging, working sheep dogs, whip cracking, blacksmithing, wheelwrighting, steam engines, leather work, washing and ironing the old way, working horse gear (cutting hay into chaff), shelling and cracking corn, butter churning, paper making, spinning, weaving and tatting. Displays include period costumes, old tools, machinery, historical photographs (including local families, education and industries), dairy and kitchen.

The Museum is located approximately 90 kilometres south of Brisbane on the Mt Lindesay Highway within the Scenic Rim Regional Council.


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