- 20 Victoria Street, Mirani, QLD 4754
- Postal address
- C/- Post Office
- Opening hours
- Tues-Thurs 9.30am - 2.30pm
- Adult: $3; Child: $1; Students in groups: $1
Tucked away behind the Library in Mirani, the Pioneer Valley Museum has been described in the local newspaper as “a hidden gem”. The complex was built and opened in 1988, with the aid of a bicentennial grant, by the Mirani Shire Council.
Originally planned to house a special collection purchased from a well-known local historian, the Museum became a repository of many items of social significance to the Pioneer Valley Community. It is managed for the Council by The Friends of the Museum, a volunteer group formed in 1988. The Museum is on one level with good wheelchair access and is currently open Tuesday to Thursday 9.30am - 2.30pm.
Beautifully presented, the Museum is home to several items of National, State and Regional significance. The partial skull of the pallimnarchus gracilis, the best fossilised example of this animal found in the world,sits quietly waiting for its audience. The Museum is also home to the first diesel loco used in the Mackay region to haul sugar cane to the mill.
In its own specially designed case, lies a simple flag that is over 100 years old. Used as a rallying point in the upper Pioneer Valley during the famous 1911 sugar workers’ strike, the flag represents this significant event which was the turning point for the amalgamation of all the smaller unions into the powerful AWU.
The road from Mackay out into the Valley and up to the National Park at Eugella is very picturesque and although there is no cafeteria attached to the Museum, many of the Valley townships offer opportunities for delicious refreshments.