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Published October 17th 2014
Immerse yourself in the awe of historic items at this Museum
Most towns or cities that were built in the early pioneering days of Queensland have a specific historic fact that is unique to them only. It may be that their founding Fathers were the first to establish a paper mill or saw mill and this business is still being run by the family today or a famous writer or singer was born there or went to school there.
On a visit to the Historical Museum in Mt Morgan in Central Queensland, I learned an interesting fact that in the early day on some street corners, funeral notices were tacked onto white painted Notice Posts. These notices were printed at one of the local printers under the instructions of the undertakers. Although the notices were taken down after time, it was considered unlucky to take the tacks out and hence the posts remained covered in thumb tacks.
As the town developed and buildings pulled down so were the street posts. However, luckily for tourists and historians alike, the only one remaining, which is considered a valuable piece of history is on display in the Mt Morgan Historical Museum. The Museum holds the second largest collection of artefacts for any of its type in Queensland, outside of Brisbane which is ranked number one. The collection includes a black hearse, a 1942 International first fire engine for Mt Morgan and numerous buggies/sulkies. The memorabilia is not limited to days of old with a number of photograph albums full of interesting events from more recent times.
First Motor Black Hearse, a 1921 Buick at Mt Morgan Historical Museum
The original Museum was erected in 1895; however moved to its current location on the corner of East & Morgan Streets in 1983. The current building was once a drapery business run by local businessman James Stewart. The building is very large and yet every inch of the inside and the also the outside sheds are full to the brim with items you may never see again or even know their use.
The Museum is set out in sections e.g. kitchen, hospital, barber shop, military, old style typewriters, fax machines, telex machines (which I used when I first started work) and heavy black telephones, old tools from domestic and mining days, heavy bound journals to read and photographs telling stories. I wouldn't like to put a value on the items there as I'm sure it would go into the millions. Hanging on a wall is a gorgeous lace dress in mint condition, which was said to be worn by Mrs Lucy Moulds, wife of Joseph Moulds who was Licensee of The Grand Hotel ca 1901.
Lace Dress ca 1921
Run by volunteers from the Committee, the Museum is open seven days a week from 10am to 4pm. For as little as $6.00 for Adults, $4.00 for Pensions and Children between 5 and 12 at $2.00, this is best for price entertainment you will find anywhere in Central Queensland. Wheelchair access is also available. Don't think you will be able to go through this Museum in a couple of hours, if you really want to devour the history of Mt Morgan, its pioneers and growth, allow at least half a day. It was well worth the visit and probably worth a second visit as I noticed things I didn't see on my first time there. Visiting Museums is a great way for children to learn about Queensland's development in the early pioneering days.
One of the many displays at the Mt Morgan Historical Museum