President's Annual Report 2016-17

A Brief Introduction to the Dunwich Benevolent Asylum

At the Museum's Annual General Meeting held in September, President Geoff Moore gave a rundown of the highlights of the year, including the 30th anniversary celebrations, and the research and the community engagement projects the Museum worked on in 2016-17. Read it here.

The Museum's new publication A Brief Introduction to the Dunwich Benevolent Asylum was launched. You can purchase a copy for $10 from the Museum Shop, the Point Lookout Markets, or by mail order.


Thirtieth Anniversary Celebrations

The North Stradbroke Island Historical Museum is celebrating its 30 year anniversary this month.

“Thirty years ago, a group of people involved in the Anti-Bridge campaign met in the Point Lookout Hall with the idea of forming a Museum, to create a place to document the island’s distinctive identity and social history”, said Museum President, Geoff Moore.

Since then, the popular Museum has been collecting and sharing the stories about the people of North Stradbroke Island, picking up a swag of industry awards along the way for its commitment to best practice whilst maintaining its close connections with the local community.

These days, the Museum is located in the quiet back streets of Dunwich, where a complex of original Asylum buildings meld with contemporary replicas and extensions, to create a welcoming environment to explore Stradbroke (Minjerribah) history through the eyes of the people who have lived here.

Geoff says “We’re inviting the whole community to help celebrate our anniversary on Saturday, May 13, from 11am.”

“There will be entertainment from the Straddie Island Singers, as well as historical displays, games, competitions, a giant birthday cake and a fabulous fundraising bbq lunch. Everyone is welcome!”

The Museum will also launch a giant raffle, with thousands of dollars worth of prizes up for grabs. “Local businesses have donated amazing prizes, including accommodation, transport, meals, golf, stand-up paddle board adventures, guided 4WD tours…we’ve been overwhelmed by their generosity, and would love the people of the Redlands to support the raffle and maybe win a great weekend on Straddie” said Geoff.

To see the full list of prizes and to buy your tickets online– head to


School Holiday Activities

Too hot for the beach?  Rainy and bored?
Looking for family friendly activities on North Stradbroke Island? 
The Museum is a place to connect and create. Learn about our fascinating history, listen to stories, make a peg doll or paper plane. We invite you to come and relax on our cool verandahs.
All ages welcome, including well behaved dogs!

Wednesday  January 11  3.00pm  at Museum.    Guided Walk - “Lifting off the Layers…get the Local Lowdown and explore the Hidden Histories of Dunwich.”  Take a fun walk around Dunwich, hearing stories about the quarantine station, the convict and the Benevolent Asylum.  Experience the underground tunnel, hunt for archaeological ruins and find the hidden graves of the cemetery.   $15 adults, $10 concession, children $2. 

Thursday January 12 11.30am The History of Tourism on Minjerribah North Stradbroke Island.  Slideshow of old photographs and stories about holidays.  Museum admission applies.  Gold coin for cuppa. 

Tuesday January 17   Kids Time at the Museum - Cut and Glue Collage Making. Museum admission charges apply + $5.00 for activities. Materials supplied.  Any time between 10.00am and 2.00pm.

Friday January 20  10.00am Sovereign Park Amity Point  “Shipwrecks of the South Passage Bar”, $15 adults, $10 concession, children $2. 




Museum AGM Honours Ellie Durbidge

The Museum’s Annual General Meeting heard a special tribute to Museum founder and tireless volunteer, Ellie Durbidge, who passed way earlier this year.

Museum President; Geoff Moore, announced to the meeting that the Archive Room—where most of the Museum’s collection is housed, will be named the Ellie Durbidge Archive Room, in honour of her work over decades, accumulating, provenancing and preserving documents, objects and photographs to form the basis for the Museum's collection.

The AGM also awarded Life Membership to two passionate volunteers who have given many years of service to the Museum. Barbara Smith and Margaret Nash both stood down from their positions after many years as Vice President and Secretary and in Margaret’s case— Treasurer.  They both maintain their membership on the Management Committee and Barbara will continue to work on the displays.

The President’s report was a summary of the activities of the Museum over the past year—and makes us all realise how busy this place is! It is worth a read—you can find the Report here.


National Award for Straddie Museum

The Museum was thrilled to receive national recognition for its recent project—Stradbroke 100 - Remembering North Stradbroke Islanders Overseas and at Home During the First World War, winning a Museums and Galleries National Award (MAGNA).

Following on from the Qld-based GAMAA award win last year, the MAGNAs “recognise excellent work nationally in the categories of exhibition, public programs and sustainability projects.”

The ‘Stradbroke 100’ project won in the Interpretation, Learning & Audience Engagement category.

The judges commented: “This project was clearly very worthwhile as a community-building, collaborative project for the people of North Stradbroke Island to tell their stories to themselves, and throughout Australia. Very impressive effort by a small museum!”

Museum staff Elisabeth Gondwe and Lisa Jackson attended the award ceremony at the Museums Australasia Conference, held in Auckland. In their acceptance speech, they noted that the Museum could only do such a project with the cooperation and trust of the community, and that the award was recognition of collaboration and sharing. 


GAMAA Awards

Museums & Galleries Queensland (M&G QLD) proudly announced the Winners of the 2015 Gallery and Museum Achievement Awards (GAMAA) at a gala event hosted by The University of Queensland Art Museum on Thursday 19 November 2015. This year’s award winners were presented with an exquisite trophy specially created for the event by Queensland artist Madeleine Brown.
The North Stradbroke Island Historical Museum, was announced the Winner for its outstanding achievement in the category of ‘Engagement: Organisations with Paid Staff’ for its project Stradbroke 100: Remembering North Stradbroke Islanders Overseas and at Home During the First World War. In awarding the Museum the Winner in this category, the judges acknowledged the many achievements of this remarkable research project.
The project began with the Honour Board in the Dunwich Hall, which was donated to the community in 1917 by Tom Welsby. It lists thirteen names of men who had served overseas in World War One with several blank spaces.
Intrigued by these spaces, the North Stradbroke Island Historical Museum undertook an ambitious research project. This was a major exercise in community engagement, connecting with family members of the service personnel, and with families with links back several generations, to those living on the Island in 1914 to 1918. Eventually, twenty-two men were identified and researched, fourteen of whom were Aboriginal. The personal stories of all the men, their recruitment, war service and resettlement was documented, and the Museum used oral histories to capture family memories and experiences of the service personnel, and how life was on the Island 100 years ago.

Audio Guide Now Available


The Museum now offers a free audio guide, for your own mobile device, via izi.TRAVEL.

The Guide will help you discover great stories behind some of the most interesting objects in the Museum.

The izi.TRAVEL app can be downloaded via the Apple Store (iPhone or iPad), the Google Play Store (Android) or Windows Store. After installation look for ‘North Stradbroke Island Historical Museum’.

How to install the izi.TRAVEL app:

  1. Download the free izi.TRAVEL app by going to on your smartphone or tablet
  2. Accept location services
  3. Open the ‘North Stradbroke Island Historical Museum’ guide.

President's Report 2014-15

Judy Hines receives her Life Membership from Museum President Geoff Moore

The Museum held a very successful AGM on Saturday September 19, 2015. The President's Report can be read here.

A highlight of the morning was the granting of Life Membership to Mike and Judy Hines, who have raised many thousands of dollars for the Museum through coordinating the marmalade-making enterprise and their careful stewardship of the Museum's cumquat orchard.

The guest speakers - Stephanie Lindquist and Dr Robert Riddell - spoke about curating the Straddie Style exhibition at the Redland Art Gallery. The exhibition focuses on the beach-style architecture at Point Lookout. Their talk was a fascinating insight into the changing face of beach shacks.

The Straddie Island Singers entertained the crowd with a great set of new songs. 



Volunteers making marmalade at the Jamoree

A dozen volunteers turned up to our community jam-making a couple of hours we made 67 jars of cumquat marmalade, learnt some new skills and had a lot of fun! 

Marmalade-making is one of our most important fundraising enterprises. 


Stradbroke 100

The Museum has produced a beautiful booklet to accompany the'Stradbroke 100 - North Stradbroke Island's First World War Soldiers and the Homefront' exhibition. 

It contains all the information and photographs from the exhibition, plus more. 

It costs $15 from the Museum, or we can post it to you for a bit extra. Contact us if you'd like a copy.

The exhibition heads to Cleveland soon, so you can pop into the Redlands Museum to see it if you've missed out.




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