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Hervey Bay Historical Village & Museum
Information: The Hervey Bay Historical Museum was opened in 1974 with one building, the first Public Hall at Dundowran which was donated by the residents there. Money was scarce, so volunteers made jams, pickles and sweets to sell at the Museum and markets. Joan and Norm Christiansen also wrote a small book, .THE LAMP STILL BURNS., about the very early settlers to 1890.

Thanks to the volunteersí hard work and dedication, by 1990, the Museum had increased to 13 buildings, filled with over 3000 fascinating exhibits from the early years in the Wide Bay area. Iris Beckman is the only original volunteer remaining here.

There are now 18 buildings, 8000 exhibits and a group of dedicated volunteers, busily repairing the old buildings that were falling into disrepair and restoring buildings acquired in recent years.

In 1985 the Museum won a State Government award for its contribution to the local community. Children from the Wide Bay area visit as part of their school curriculum.

The Museum currently has over 8000 exhibits, ranging from the 1800's to the present day.

The Blacksmiths shop is of particular interest to school groups as is the restored Dundowran State School, dating back to 1890.

The organisers of Group bookings should note that the Museum has an urn, table and seating if the group would like a cuppa. (No extra cost)

Disabled access: There are only two wheelchair ramps: 6 buildings are ground level. The remainder have no more than four steps, all with hand rails.

Schools are welcome anytime. An average of 25 classes visit each year. Mostly Grade 4, local and country, they are given an educational tour through the buildings by Museum volunteers, overseen by teachers and aides.

Opening Hours: summer, 1pm 'til 5pm; winter, 1pm 'til 4.30pm

Adults $5.00 Students $1.00 Children $0.50c

Fraser Coast & South Burnett Awards for Excellence Winner...Heritage & Cultural Tourism...2006
Phone: 07 4128 4804
Address:

13 Zephr Street
Scarness, Hervey Bay QLD 4655

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