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It's a Kids Life: Life in the Early 1900s

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by Chrystal Byrne (subscribe)
Freelance writer living on Brisbane's north side. Studied creative industries - currently studying library and information services.
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Australian Children in the 1900s
On Friday the 7th of June, 2013, the Pine Rivers Heritage Museum unveiled its latest exhibit at an official opening ceremony and family fun day. Running until Sunday the 1st of September, 2013, the Pine Rivers Heritage Museum is presenting the interactive and educational exhibit; It's a Kids Life: Life in the early 1900s.

This showcase focuses on the lives of children in Australia, mainly within the Pine Rivers community region, from the early 1900s until the end of World War Two. Concentrating on three key topics; life at home, at school and playtime, the exhibition offers children the opportunity to explore the history of the local area through specialised displays and activities, as well as the chance to dress-up in period clothing, play old-fashioned games and experience home-life before the invention of electricity.

Pine Rivers Heritage Museum.
It's a Kids Life: Life in the early 1900s @ the Pine Rivers Heritage Museum

It's a Kids Life
1900s era dress-ups.

It's a Kids Life Activities:
• Settler's Stories – 20 minute multimedia presentation telling a short history of Pine Rivers and a guided tour of the displays, highlighting objects used by the early settlers.
• Old School – Discovering the classrooms of old; write on slates, learn about nib pens.
• How Did They – Learn, and attempt to mimic, how people performed 'simple tasks' in the past: mincing, butter-making, washing-up using a soap suds maker.
• Wash Day – Wash clothes like they did in days long gone.
• Yebri Home Life – The days before electricity; hands-on experience with museum objects.
• Living With Trees - Discover how Aboriginal people and early European Settlers used trees for food and shelter.

Pine Rivers Heritage Museum
Items used in the Wash Day activity.

School Bookings:
From Tuesday to Friday all year round, schools from the Moreton Bay Region and beyond are able to book school excursions with the Pine Rivers Heritage Museum. Through specialised displays, activities and exhibits, the museum provides school tours with the opportunity to explore the history of the local area. As well as whole-day options, school tours can be arranged for temporary exhibitions, multimedia presentations and scheduled interactive activities.

Pine Rivers Heritage Museum
It's a Kids Life: old textbooks and old desks.

The Pine Rivers Heritage Museum can be found on the outskirts of Old Petrie Town, a historic village located on Dayboro Road, not far from the heart of Petrie (a suburb on Brisbane's north side). There are a few inconsistencies in regards to which Moreton Bay suburb both Old Petrie Town and the museum belong to, with Kurwongbah, Petrie and Whiteside all laying claim to the area. As the Moreton Bay Regional Council website lists the space under Whiteside, that's what I'm going to go with.

The beautiful landscape of Old Petrie Town is home to many historical buildings (some dating back to the late 1800s), specialty shops and services, the North Pine Country Markets, the Twilight Markets and of course, the Pine Rivers Heritage Museum. The museum is well-known for showcasing the many historical aspects of the local Pine Rivers area; utilising both permanent and ever-changing displays. Through demonstrations, recreations, workshops and other interactive activities, the Pine Rivers Heritage Museum communicates the region's story, educating both children and adults alike on the importance of their local history.

Pine Rivers Heritage Museum
It's a Kids Life: cursive on a blackboard.

With free entry, the comfort of air conditioning and the multitude of fascinating exhibits, the Pine Rivers Heritage Museum is a great, interactive and inexpensive place to whittle away a few hours with the family. The exhibit, It's a Kids Life: Life in the early 1900s, is a fun, collaborative way for young ones to learn about local history, with so much for them to see and do. The education potential for this family venture is definitely a bonus. There's even a small section right at the very front of the museum where local history books, games and craft items can be purchased, if you're keen to take a bit of the history home with you.

It's a Kid's Life: Life in the 1900s is truly an impressive display – check it out before the 1st of September or you'll miss out.

Pine Rivers Heritage Museum
It's a Kids Life: a browning alphabet poster.


The Pine Rivers Heritage Museum

Opening Hours:
Wednesday to Friday: 10.00am - 3.00pm
Saturdays: 10.00am - 2.00pm
Sundays: 9.00am - 2.00pm

Contact Details:
P: (07) 3285 7213
F: (07) 3285 7412
Email: museum.pinerivers@moretonbay.qld.gov.au

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Why? Because you want to stroll through history.
When: Until the 1st of September, 2013.
Phone: (07) 3285 7213
Where: Pine Rivers Heritage Museum, Old Petrie Town, Dayboro Road, Whiteside, QLD.
Cost: Free.
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It would be interesting to compare what life was like for children in Australia to the UK.
by Bryony Harrison (score: 4|12594) 2551 days ago
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