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At the Gore station one can almost see the hubbub of passengers the trains once transported. Gore was a crossing-place for trains, the points and signals being changed from interlocking to ball levers and signal levers in 1954. In 1910, passengers' journeys numbered 524 and increased to 1,779 in five years.
At the Highfields Pioneer Village artefacts of bygone days are installed in over sixty buildings. You can visit the barber shop, seamstress or bootmaker and examine farm equipment, some of which is demonstrated on event days. A Russell milking machine in the operational dairy pavilion is demonstrated every Easter.
Try play acting at shopping or making a phone call in the red phone box with the grandchildren.
One recent Easter saw 15,000 visitors pass through the museum's twenty acres. Camping is also allowed on the grounds over the Easter weekend.
The Heritage Chapel is charming with rural scenes depicted in its stained-glass windows and there is a sense of the presence of parishioners-past. The chapel is available for weddings and christenings. The Griinke slab cottage contains among other items, an old wooden fridge. A model of Ned Kelly's armour is displayed at the National Australia Bank, Jandowae.
The Village Chapel is available for weddings and christenings.
Ornate silver cups and other awards are displayed for industries on the Darling Downs including agriculture, champion box of butter, promotions for exporting, cheeses etc. Antique vehicles and bicycles can be viewed including a 100-year-old Model T Ford Tourer, penny farthing bicycles and many other interests for the men in the family, including the recently opened Toowoomba Fire Station. A transport museum will be opening in 2016.
In the café the décor matches the rest of the village in style and the warmth of the fire is matched by the warmth of the hearts of the dedicated volunteer staff. Unique to Australia is that the museum is operated entirely by volunteers.
Schools, coaches and international tourists from as far away as Germany, China and Japan are some of the visitors to the museum who have enjoyed the displays, activities and family atmosphere.
On 18 October 2015, the Highfields Pioneer Village is hosting a Poet's Breakfast and Nostalgia Day. There will be a poet's workshop with Australian champion bush poet and entertainer Noel Stallard who will also be reciting. Open mic time will be available for you poets. There will be costumed actors providing demonstrations on blacksmithing and whip cracking as well as a working draught horse plus many other fun activities like spinning wool and a petting zoo.
Make a new connection with your past and explain history to your grandchildren. Enjoy a getaway in the fresh air with billy tea and damper cooked over the fire. Why not bring your family or your overseas homestays, to enjoy a day's reminiscing, fascination and delight in the wide range of rare items and wonder at the past lifestyles of Australia's pioneers?
For further details on the Village, becoming a volunteer or the Poet's Breakfast, visit the website.