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Published March 5th 2017
Take a step back in time at the Samford Museum
I never really learnt a lot about local Australian history, until I attended high school. My high school was near Samford and I had a few friends who lived out that way. It was always such a treat to head out to one of my Samford friends houses, which were both peaceful and adventure filled amongst the bush.
My Samford friends would sometimes share a bit of local history – sometimes a scary and other times an interesting story was shared. One that I never quite believed was that the train line use to run out to Samford. Once I finished high school, I went to university in the city and my Samford friends and their stories became a distant memory.
After many years of not visiting Samford it was nice to find myself out that way again on Australia Day, parking near the IGA and walking to the local patisserie for breakfast. But what we were really heading out that way for was the Samford Museum Australia day event.
As we walked towards the entrance, we straight away got a feel for the vintage flavour as we walked past the vintage cars, motorbikes and tractors that filled John Scott Park. You could even take a ride on a small train. We paid a very modest entry fee (even more modest for children) and we were given a stamp on our hands for exiting and re-entering (it had been years since I had a stamp on my hand).
Past the entrance, through a very busy crowd of people, the first thing we saw and heard was a stage of live music. Throughout the day the stage gave rise to poets, singers, bands, costume dress-up, swaggie and, of course, traditional raffles.
Next we moved on to see beautifully restored horse drawn carts, medieval armour, traditional vintage dress and treasures from the railway days. Quite quickly I noticed a plaque with the history of the railway line. Turns out the railway line did go out to Samford, but after a tragic accident and a slow down on travel demands the line shut down (my Samford friends were right!).
As we walked on through the museum we came across a replica school, blacksmithing tools, antique treasures (farming tools, tea tins and anything you could think of from the pioneering days), antique toys, a classic laundry, steam engines and models trains.
Not to mention the great food, which could be found everywhere. Some of which included fresh cream making, pikelets, traditional sandwiches and a good old-fashioned sausage sizzle. We finally settled on freshly cooked damper and properly made billy tea.
With all the wonderful history, food and entertainment the Samford Museum really had something for everyone (young and old, local and non-local alike). Although Australia Day was a special event, this would be true for any other day at the Samford Museum.
Overall, the Samford Museum is a gateway to the past, shining a light on the early pioneering days and, at the same time, sharing a facet of local history. The museum shone a light on a facet of my past, but also helped to create a new facet too.
The Samford Museum is definitely worth a day trip (or two!) – it'll be something you remember for a long time too.
The Samford Museum is open Wednesdays 10am-3pm and Sundays 10am-4pm, as well as special events (Australia Day, Anzac Day and Queensland Day). For more information please visit their website.