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.
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.
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.
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:
- Download the free izi.TRAVEL app by going to izi.travel/app on your smartphone or tablet
- Accept location services
- Open the ‘North Stradbroke Island Historical Museum’ guide.
A dozen volunteers turned up to our community jam-making day...in 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.
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.
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.
To commemorate Remembrance Day, we have a small exhibition of items from the personal collection of Dunwich resident Bill Giles.
Bill's father enlisted in the Australian Light Horse in 1917, and kept photographs, handbooks and artefacts from his war service in the Western Front.
The display is here for a couple of weeks....
It is exciting to announce that the NSIHM is co-hosting this years Small Museums Conference, along with the Redlands Museum. The conference will be held over two days from August 23-24, in Cleveland and North Stradbroke Island. The conference theme is “Pathways - Connecting Museums and Communities”.
Every year, the South East Queensland Small Museums Conference offers training, professional development and networking opportunities to staff and volunteers who work in small museums.
The keynote speaker will be Professor Amareswar Galla, Executive Director of the International Institute of the Inclusive Museum. The National President of Museums Australia—Frank Howarth, will also deliver a paper.
The Moreton Bay Research Station will host the “Stradbroke Day” of the conference, and presenters will include Evelyn Parkin and Cameron Costello from QYAC, and Jo Besley from the University of Qld.
More information, including the draft program and registration details, is available here, or call us at the Museum on 3409 9699.