If you're ever in Landsborough and have a spare hour or two, you might want to check out Landsborough Museum. Housed in the heritage listed site and original Landsborough Shire Council Chambers, this repository of curios offers an informative and comprehensive historical account of the very first pioneering settlement on the Sunshine Coast.
foyer introducing William Landsborough, antique clocks and old cameras
This small, cosy museum welcomes you with an introduction to William Landsborough, the first British explorer to travel Australia, both north and south, and the area which was originally called Mellum Creek.
The foyer opens out to the Stan Tutt reading room and library, named after the well known local historian, full of archived resources, and books for historical research.
A section of the museum is dedicated to Landsborugh's pioneering timber industry. The natural environment was a source of native trees producing various fine timber, some of which was sourced for the building of Brisbane. A collection of old woodworking tools, serrated saws, machines for logging, wood planes, and blades used at the time are on display. Harvesting scythes, sickles and hoes, the tools of manual labour and cultivating land hang on the walls.
The main exhibition room is where you'll find William Landsborough memorabilia and cabinets of well-preserved curiosities evoking scenes of everyday pioneering life. Musical instruments, gramophones, china, cameras, costumes and furniture, now obsolete mementoes and sentimental souvenirs hearken back to the old world where life seemed so much simpler. Framed large paintings decorate the walls telling tales of a rustic life. The first printing press and a collection of antique telephones offer a contrast to our modern world of technology.
Items in the museum have been donated by local pioneering families or were items used in the local area. The museum is run by volunteer staff who are friendly, knowledgeable and helpful.
Landsborough is located north of the Glasshouse Mountains off Steve Irwin way at the foot of the Blackhall range. The musuem is just a five-minute stroll from the Landsborough train station and free parking is available if you are arriving by car. Ramp access is provided for the convenience of elderly or disabled patrons.