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by Kate Blake (subscribe)
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Published December 28th 2016
Wonders of Another Time
Eight Wonders of Caboolture Historic Village
Want to step back in time, feel a sense of community, indulge your fantasies of living in another century? Then this is definitely the place for you and yours!

My first visit was an invite soon after I started writing for WEN and what a treat. They wanted an article for their forthcoming Heritage Fair and I happened to visit on the same day as their railway carriage was being delivered. People gathered for the excitement and there were enactments in action for a school tour.

Caboolture Historic Village
Central Garden

With ample parking or a shuttle bus from the real railway station they seem to cater for everyone. They have kid activity days, dances, bands and all sorts of fun. And you haven't lived until you have experienced one of their 'event' days with fun entertainment, live bands, horse shows, fireworks and so much more.

The Boiling Billy Tea Room offers cuppas and tasty snacks or enjoy a delicious lunch from the more comprehensive Redhall Café menu. They have several function areas for hire and most exhibits boast easy wheelchair access. With more than 70 buildings that's no mean feat.

The Gardens
With only a couple of paid staff to my knowledge, this unique village is run by a large contingent of very competent and capable volunteers. And the garden offers delightful pockets of intrigue like the tractor stuck in the lake or the fairy garden in the tree.

Expect a few stray animals such as their guard dog, chooks, horse or goat. And be very wary of their politically incorrect bushrangers always on the prowl to accost the unsuspecting.

Caboolture Historic Village
Fairy Garden

The Glenowen Homestead
This Homestead houses a delightful display of how it was to live more than a century ago.

Caboolture Historic Village
Homestead Kitchen

It showcases the clothing, furniture, crafts, toys and utensils.

Caboolture Historic Village
Homestead Child's Room

Various Specialty Shops
The Lolly Shop was my downfall with all those old time treats from musk sticks to teddy bears. Then the scented soap shop next door is another one sublet by an enterprising local.

Caboolture Historic Village
Inside the Barber Shop

Then there is the butcher, saw mill, barber, PO and a general store with amazing exhibitions of old chairs, lamps, tins and cash registers and various goods that would have been sold in bygone days.

These look like they could be fully functioning with honour rolls, old pictures of a young Queen, pews and all the objects that would have filled them when they were in use.

Caboolture Historic Village
School Rules for Teachers

These include the council chambers, four different churches, a school, the freemason hall, CWA, bank, morgue, a prison with lock up and a police station right opposite the pub.

This grand old pub is used for events with beer flowing and live bands. Imagine that with no neighbours to complain.

Craft Groups
These groups are very active and we can watch and buy woodwork, gems, pottery research our family history.

Caboolture Historic Village
Gem Club

Watch or become a member.

Caboolture Historic Village
Wash House

Machinery and Vehicles
Enjoy the vintage detail of a large displays of trucks, tractors, drays or wagons, printers, old washers and pumps.

Or volunteer to restore them to working order? The involvement can be at a level that suits your lifestyle.

And don't forget the various railway displays from the miniature to the tour around the village to the real railway carriage cum diner that give such joy to all ages.

Caboolture Historic Village
Miniature Railway

Wouldn't be history without including the military, maritime, transport and aviation.

They really do cater for the entire family with something to interest everyone and there are frequent changes and additions to entice return visits.

General Collections
Outside are the is a fabulous array of signs, an old phone box and mailbox, a wishing well, a blacksmith, sawmill and onsite caretakers.

Plus toys with a touchable table for kids of all ages which includes an old land line phone, crafts, knick knacks and tools.
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Why? For a Trip Back to Bygone Days
When: Every Day
Phone: 07 54954581
Where: Caboolture Historic Village
Cost: $15 with Discounts
Your Comment
Great article! There are so many wonderful places to visit.
by Jay Johnson (score: 3|1368) 1794 days ago
Those rules for women teachers would be quite an outrage if they were around today!
by Lucinda (score: 2|342) 1793 days ago
Great article, Kate - good to see you writing!
by Elaine (score: 3|8606) 1794 days ago
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