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Monto Historical and Cultural Complex

Location
20 Flinders St, Monto QLD 4630
Postal address
20 Flinders St, Monto QLD 4630
Opening hours
By appointment
Admission
Free


The Monto Historical and Cultural Complex is a well presented facility, with a pleasant garden frontage located on one of the main thoroughfares into Monto. The overall aim is to preserve and present the culture, heritage and history of the Monto district and its people. The complex includes a museum and art gallery housed in a modern, air-conditioned building. Half of the internal space is dedicated to changing cultural displays of photography, textiles, art and craft from local artists and societies. Historical displays, exhibits and photographs are located in the other half of the building.

The historical collection extends beyond the main building into the grounds of the complex. A group of pioneer buildings include a Cania goldfields slab hut and the Goody family’s Birnam Homestead kitchen, which dates from around 1910. The slab hut and Birnam Homestead kitchen are original buildings relocated from surrounding rural properties. There’s a lot to see including an unusual timber jack honed from one log, an early railway carriage with historical railway memorabilia and the Cynthia station siding. Also featured is a remarkable array of horse-drawn vehicle replicas, built by Harold Ware, and a wheelwright’s workshop where visitors can watch demonstrations by Harold, an enthusiastic and highly skilled member of the Monto Historical Society.

The modern building with its cultural, art and craft displays, the historical collection, the original pioneer structures, Harold’s demonstrations and picnic possibilities in the museum’s grounds offer the visitor a fulfilling experience to remember.

 

Museums & Galleries Queensland
122 Gerler Road
Hendra QLD 4011

t: (07) 3059 9740 / Freecall within QLD: 1800 866 101
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ABN: 32 109 874 811
ACN: 109 874 811

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