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Brookfield District Museum

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by Damsel Martin (subscribe)
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Published July 9th 2014
Former post office has historical axe to grind
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Timber getting was one of Brookfield's leading industries. Author image.

Brookfield is a leafy little hamlet on Brisbane's western outskirts which has its own quaint general store, annual country market, showgrounds and, as I recently learned, a well-maintained museum devoted to the lives of the suburb's pioneers.

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The Brookfield District Museum is located in a converted post office building. Brookfield Showgrounds image.
Even those who aren't necessarily history buffs will love Brookfield District Museum's collection of objects, documents and photographs depicting the days of yesteryear. On our visit to this three-room museum, we ground coffee by hand, viewed illustrated maps, inspected an antique manual typewriter, felt the heavy weight of bullock chains, read written recollections and pored over photos.

It's often said that 'Brookfield built Brisbane' because of the prominence of the area's timber industry from the 1860s. Pine and cedar was cut and hauled by bullock teams to Moggill Road's 'rafting ground' (the memory of which lives on in Rafting Ground Road and Rafting Ground Reserve) before being floated down the Brisbane river to the burgeoning city's sawmills. Different implements used by the early loggers, as well as photographs depicting different timber-getting tasks, are on display. Farming and gold mining were two other key industries which are well-represented here.

But the personal stories of the early settlers are the Brookfield District Museum's most compelling inclusions. Everyday household items from last century stand side-by-side with personal accounts from and photographs of Brookfield's first residents. For example, a waistcoat worn by one of the area's major landholders to his 1854 wedding is one of the highlights of the collection.

The building in which the Brookfield District Museum resides was once the post office in neighbouring Pullenvale. In 2004, the building was donated to the Brookfield Show Society and moved to the Brookfield Showgrounds, where it was restored and opened as a museum the following year.

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History is but a heartbeat away. Author image.

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Brookfield General Store
Brookfield Country Market
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Why? More than a hundred years distilled in an hour
When: Open 2-4pm first Sunday of each month (except January); during all Brookfield Show Society events; 9-11am on Moggill Market Saturdays; or by appointment
Phone: 07 3374 1053
Where: 550 Brookfield Rd, Brookfield, Q 4069
Cost: Free entry
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