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Museum in 2012

The Herbert River Museum/Gallery is a regional gallery situated in the small township of Halifax in the Shire of Hinchinbrook, North Queensland.[1] Run by volunteers dedicated to keeping the area's history alive, the museum was set up to tell the story of how the people lived and worked in the early 1860s in the Herbert River area where the land was cleared and sugar cane planted and mills were built to crush the cane. Cattlemen arrived the townships of Halifax and Ingham were established and many cultures came to the district.

Origins[edit]

The idea for a Museum came about when a newly elected councillor saw the need for a place to store agricultural and cultural memorabilia and formed a committee to look into the purchase of a suitable home. Money was raised by a grant, a large donation and many, many cake stalls, morning teas, cent sales and raffles which finally enabled the purchase of a building offered for sale by a local family.

Collection[edit]

The Museum has a cane cutters room, hospital room and a lounge/bedroom display. There is a large display of electrical tools and equipment and also items donated from different cultural traditions including Aboriginal, Finnish, Italian, Spanish, Chinese, Scottish, Irish, Russian, English and Eastern European.

It is listed as a "Collecting Organisation" for Queensland by Collections Australia.[2]

Opening hours[edit]

The Museum is open from Tuesday to Saturday 9.00am to 12 noon.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Halifax, queenslandplaces.com.au
  2. ^ [1]