The Museum is always working a range of projects, large and small.
If you would like to volunteer to assist with the Museum's research projects or digitisation progam, please get in touch! We'd love to hear from you.
This is a list of the research we are focussing on at the moment:
Coming Home? A Commemoration of the Returned Soldier Inmates in the Dunwich Benevolent Asylum and Dunwich Cemetery
The North Stradbroke Island Historical Museum proposes to commemorate the WW1 returned soldiers who were resident in the Dunwich Benevolent Asylum (DBA), many of whom found their final resting place in the Dunwich Cemetery. This project has significance to the whole of Queensland as returned WW1 diggers came to the DBA from all over the State. Many returned soldiers were sent to the DBA to ‘recover their shattered nerves’, but rather than being treated as convalescent, mentally ill or physically incapacitated soldiers, they were considered to be ‘inebriates’ and habitual drunkards. There was sufficient public concern about conditions at the Asylum that the treatment of the returned soldiers at the DBA was debated in the Queensland Parliament.
According to initial research, there could be hundreds of returned soldiers buried in unmarked graves in the Dunwich Cemetery, right up until the closure of the Asylum in 1946.
This project aims to identify which residents of the Dunwich Benevolent Asylum were returned soldiers, to research their experiences, to grow our understanding of their lives, and to commemorate their final resting place.
If you have information or family history which would assist us in this project, we'd love to hear from you.
This project is supported by the Australian Government's Anzac Centenary Local Grants Program.