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by S Lynn (subscribe)
A freelance writer and bargain hunter with wanderlust, recently moved to Perth from Brisbane.
Published November 26th 2012
A Touch of History with Kids
With the school holidays coming up, why not revisit the past and encourage your kids to learn a touch of history by bringing them on a tour of some of Brisbane's oldest and more interesting buildings? These buildings have been lovingly preserved due to their historical significance and to enable the future generation to catch a glimpse of the past. It will give the little ones an understanding of the advances of technology. Make the visit fascinating by learning and then telling vivid stories about the lives of the settlers who called Brisbane their home more than a century ago. After these enlightening visits, your kids will think twice about taking their everyday surroundings for granted.

1) Beenleigh Historical Village and Museum

The Beenleigh Historical Village and Museum has over 20 buildings on site, showcasing the origins of the town from a church to a school, post office, railway station, jail, council chambers, cottages and bootmakers cottage. This village was settled by Europeans in 1868, the town named after Beenleigh in Devon, England. An example of its rich history is the St George Church which was the first Anglican church in Beenleigh.

During the school term, school groups can take part in tours which include caring for farm animals, experiencing lessons in the 1800s school and other old fashioned activities like washing, one teacher schooling and cross-cut sawing. However, there is no reason why these tours cannot be organized during the school holidays if you can get a minimum of 10 people together. Your kids will love visiting the village with their friends.

Beenleigh Historical Village is open every day from 9.30am until 3.30pm, excluding Christmas Day, Good Friday and Easter Sunday. Note that the village is closed between 14th Dec to 20th Jan due to construction of a new shared heritage building but it is worth a visit towards the end of the school holidays. Entrance fee costs $6 for adults and $2.50 for children. Visitors are also welcome to attend the weekly Anglican church service at Saint Georges Church, beginning at 8.30am every Sunday morning. The address for the village is
199 Main Street Beenleigh and you can call 07 33820608 for bookings.

2) Old Petrie Town

Old Petrie Town has interesting historical buildings with a few being converted into bustling hubs showcasing the work of local artisans and retailers. If you have a sweet tooth, drop by at confectioner, Sweet Distractions which has taken its home at McKenzie's Store, a 1920s shopfront from Dayboro. Other specialty stores at Old Petrie Town include the Northside Naturopathic Clinic located in Coe's Cottage which dates from 1876, Ethel May's Apothecary which sells soothing and sweet-smelling aromatherapy as well as natural skincare products from Cobb's Cottage , Ladybug Giftware in the Courthouse Building and Pine Rivers Photography located in St Thomas Chapel which was built in 1888 for 130 and features a silky oak and cedar pulpit.

If you love visiting markets and finding hidden treasures, Old Petrie Town is host to a market every Sunday between 8am and 2pm. In November and December, Friday twilight markets are held in the village from 5pm to 8pm. Browse through wonderful and unique crafts under the romantic dark night sky.

To get to Old Petrie Town from the Gateway Arterial Road, take the Dohles Rocks Road exit just past the Pine River. Follow this road until you come to Anzac Avenue. Turn left into Anzac Avenue. Continue to a 3 way roundabout at Petrie. Turn right at the roundabout into Dayboro Road. Continue on Dayboro Road, past the Youngs Crossing Road intersection (lights). Approx 200m turn left into Old Petrie Town (North Pine Country Park)

3) Caboolture Historical Village

The Caboolture Historical Village has over 50 buildings. It sits on 12 acres of land just north of Caboolture town centre on the old Bruce Highway. Step into a village of yesteryear as you marvel at the beautiful grounds laid out in village style. If you love discovering the memorabilia in old buildings, Caboolture Historical Village has a vast array of memorabilia.

Your first stop should be the newly upgraded visitors centre to understand the history of the huge collection of 110,000 items. The oldest item they have within the Village is a toffee cutting machine circa 1802 that was donated to Village when the Caboolture Historical Society started in 1959.

The village has a collection of over 73 units of tractors, cars and trucks. Historical buildings include the first Caboolture Hospital, Pioneer cottage, the original Caboolture Council Chambers, complete with some of the original furniture, churches, police station, original railway stations and Glenowen, an example of how the upper class lived in the Caboolture.

Take a quick visit to the 11th Lighthorse museum or the Maritime Museum with the models of the ships of the First Fleet on display. With all this history on full display, it is little wonder that the Caboolture Historical Village was a M tourism awards winner in 2011 and 2012 as well as a Queensland Tourism Awards Finalist 2011. The village is situated at 280 Beerburrum Road, Caboolture and is open daily from 9.30 am to 3.30pm. Phone: (07) 5495 4581

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Why? For a touch of history
When: School Holidays
Where: Beenleigh, Petrie, Caboolture
Cost: $6
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