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by Ian McKenzie (subscribe)
Freelance writer and photographer. www.ozian.info Internationally published author of paperbacks and e-books. www.iansbooks.com
Published December 23rd 2014
How Technology and Other Things Have Changed
historical village, Mt Tamborine, Slab cottage
Slab Cottage


On one day each week I work with International Post-Graduate Professionals in Brisbane. The program is called a "Professional Year Program" and the emphasis in the program is on soft skills. The professional fields I work with are Engineering, Accounting and Information Technology. The current class I am teaching has fifteen participants who are post-graduate Information Technology experts and the remaining eight come from the accounting and engineering fields.

I mention the above because it is indicative of how professional employment is changing, not just in Australia, but globally. The World Wide Web, or the Internet did not exist prior to April 1992. These young professionals with whom I am working take it all for granted. They have had access to the Internet during their entire school and tertiary education years. In fact don't all of us these days take it for granted? I remember some years ago I was lecturing at a tertiary institute when the institute's intranet crashed. Quite a few of the lecturers who didn't have teaching commitments that day decided to go home as they claimed they "couldn't do anything".

historical village, Mt Tamborine, dial telephone
Old Dial Telephone


Knowledge and technological advances are increasing at a faster and faster rate. I remember when the whole world stopped to watch on television the landing of Apollo 11 on the moon on 20 July, 1969. Apparently the size of the computer on Apollo was 64K. We all carry around computing power in our smart phones which back in the 60's and 70's would have taken several floors of a multi-story building and cost millions of dollars.

It is important for all of us to have an understanding of where we have come from to understand and fully appreciate where we are today. Tamborine Mountain is just a short drive from where I live, and in Wongawallan Road at Mt Tamborine is the Tamborine Mountain Heritage Centre which was established and is operated by the Tamborine Mountain Historical Society.

post and rail fence, Mt Tamborine, historic village
Post and Rail Fence


Established on the site is a small historic village which helps give visitors an understanding of the life of the early settlers in the area. Buildings included on the site are: a Slab Cottage, a General Store, Farm Sheds containing early farm machinery and there is even an old dunny complete with wood shaving box and a red back spider. One of the mountain's first churches has been relocated to the site and it contains museum pieces such as old switch boards, telephone, mantle radios, early sewing machines and even working models of past technology such as a water-wheel driven sawmill.

Wangawallan Road, (I love some Aboriginal names), is off the beaten track for tourists at Mt Tamborine. But if you are going up to the mountain it is worth a visit.

old windmill, historic village, mt tamborine
Old Windmill
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