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Samford Museum

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by Tracey Lloyd (subscribe)
A freelance writer living by Moreton Bay. Visit my website at
Published November 9th 2010
Samford is arguably one of the prettiest locations in Brisbane. The region dates back to 1855 and has a rich history in timber production and farming. The Samford Museum commemorates and displays the region's vibrant history.

A variety of buildings including the Head Teacher's House from Albany Creek State School and the former Grovely Train Station are located within the grounds of Samford Museum and provide a glimpse into the trials and tribulations faced by local pioneers.

The replica school with its long desks and slates to write own provides an opportunity for kids to see how learning occurred before the days of notebook computers, Google and Wikipedia. Samford's timber producing history is depicted in displays of axes and cross cut saws. Blacksmithing equipment and a variety of antique farm implements and machinery are also on display. The former Grovely Train Station has a display commemorating the war efforts of Samford locals including old uniforms and other items.

Walking into the kitchen and laundry displays may make you give thanks for modern push button domestic appliances. The kitchen features a wood burning stove and the laundry an antique wringing mangle which looks more like an instrument of torture rather than a clothes cleaner.

The Aboriginal history of the Samford region is not forgotten with dioramas and a kippa making ceremony display. Genealogists and historians may also enjoy researching their family or the district's history in the museum's map collection and other documents. The map collection dates from 1864.

Open on Sundays between 10am and 4pm the Samford Museum is located at Station Street, Samford and entry costs are $4 for adults and $1 for school age children. A bus connection from Ferny Grove train station is your public transport option for getting to Samford Museum.

Images & Video

Video of quarrying techniques
Pioneer house
Vintage tractor
Variety of local historic items on display at Samford Museum

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Why? Travel back in time and imagine life
When: Sundays between 10am and 4pm
Where: Station Street, Samford
Cost: $4 adults, $1 school age children
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