Brookfield District Museum

Photo 1 copyThe Brookfield District Museum and Historical Society collects, preserves and shares the history of the suburbs Brookfield, and Upper Brookfield, in the west of Brisbane.  The museum building is an historic Pullenvale Farmhouse from which the Pullenvale Post Office operated between 1879 and 1958. The building was moved to the Brookfield Showgrounds, and opened as the museum in 2004.

Opening hours

  • 9am-11am on Brookfield Market Saturdays, the first and third Saturdays in each month
  • during the Brookfield Show
  • by appointment – see ‘Contact’

Off-street parking and disabled access are available.

Meetings are on the first Wednesday of every month at 1:30pm.

The Collection

The museum has three rooms featuring exhibits relating to early Brookfield pioneering families, the Brookfield Show, and many household items used last century.

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It has been said that “Brookfield built Brisbane”.  This refers to the timber industry prominent in Brookfield from the 1860s.  The timber (mainly pine and cedar) was cut and hauled by bullock teams to the rafting ground on Moggill Road and floated down the Brisbane River to the sawmills in Brisbane.  The timber was also taken to Brookfield’s own ‘Bon Accord’ sawmill established by Charles Patterson in 1875 and located on Brookfield Road. Our display of timber-collecting equipment represents the earliest European activity in the district. We have a comprehensive collection of farming equipment, mostly sourced from the descendants of early twentieth-century Brookfield settlers.

The museum holds a waistcoat worn by Patrick Pacey, a major landholder in the area, at his wedding to fifteen year-old Anne Bloxsom in 1854.

You can also enjoy our large digitised collection of photos, courtesy of former Brookfield History Group.


Historical research and publications produced over the past fourteen years are housed in the museum. Some Brookfield Show Society and Brookfield Pony Club archives are in our care.

Our collection of approximately 20 oral histories is a valuable resource, some of which have been published as Brookfield Stories. The society is also in the process of establishing a Reference Library.

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School Visits

The Museum welcomes school visits.  Staff work with teachers to provide object based learning in

line with the National History Curriculum.


Museum Contacts:

Cath Fullerton – 0488 741 599
Margaret Watts – (07) 3374 1939 or 0458 333 006

Postal address: PO Box 1374, Kenmore QLD 4069