From Cobb and Co. echoes in the district, horse and buggies, bush tracks, Shank's pony, local dances. sports days, picnics, Tug of War Teams, Amosfield Bands, wild blackberry & mushroom picking, fresh vegetables, homemade preserves, jams & ginger beer, kerosene fridges, buckets made from kerosine tins, drinking from condensed milk cans, castor oil, outhouses, 'Joe Blakes', rabbit trapping, panning the creeks, working the dredges and the memory of our fallen soldiers…to generators for electricity and finally access to the higher education (1968) and power at the flick of a switch (1977).
Liston and the surrounding area have a rich and very personal history for many of the families who have been part of the locality for generations.
Liston, with its echoes of cracking whips and cricket games from the good old days, is situated in New South Wales, on the eastern fall of the Great Dividing Range. Surrounding places included Amosfield, Boonoo Boonoo, Maryland, Rivertree, Sugarloaf, Wilson's Downfall and Wylie Creek. The area was on the Cobb and Co route from Tenterfield to Warwick and beyond and also had other mail runs.
Nowadays, Liston is in the Tenterfield Shire local government area and relies on cattle farming and tourism… you can almost smell the lavender from here. Stanthorpe, across the New South Wales/Queensland border, is the closest town for other employment and services. - from the Museum.
The thunderbolt story continues, when Thomas Fox, JB' son, was only 19 years old, the regular mailman, got sick at Boonoo Boonoo, so Thomas took the mail coach through Maryland. Just before Maryland, he was held up by Thunderbolt: he asked Thomas his name and then his father's name. Thunderbolt told Thomas he wouldn't touch a thing of JB Fox's; Thomas was very relieved and continued on his way.
John's journey continued with the restoration of the dray, culminating in the establishment of this building in 2020- with the echoes of cracking whips, school bells and cricket games, to remember the good old days.
Money was received from grants to house the coach and collectibles, and at 91 years of age, John designed this building and built it with help from family members, local community volunteers and local businesses.
This has been a remarkable achievement by John, a carpenter by trade who has always had an interest in collecting antiques and the restoration of old things. Items in this building have been kindly donated to the Liston community by John as a lasting reminder of days gone by. -from the museum.