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Brookfield District Museum

Photo 1 copyThe Brookfield District Museum collects, preserves and displays the history of Brookfield.   The museum building is located in the Brookfield Showgrounds but was originally a farm house in Pullenvale.  The old farmhouse had a room dedicated for use as a post office.  Displays in the museum reflect the occupations of Brookfield families in the past.

 

Opening hours

  • 9am-11am on Moggill Market Saturdays, the first and third Saturdays in each month
  • 2pm – 4pm on the first Sunday of each month (except January)
  • during the Brookfield Show
  • by appointment and
  • for morning teas which must be booked

Off-street parking and disabled access are available.

More about the museum

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

photo 2 copyIt 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.  Photos and implements used in the timber industry and in gold mining are on display.

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.

School Visits

The Museum welcomes school visits.  Staff work with teachers to provide object based learning in line with the National History Curriculum.

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Morning teas

photo 4 copyCommunity groups are welcome to view the museum by appointment.   In addition, members of the Brookfield District Museum will provide a scrumptious old-fashioned morning tea for groups of up to 20 people at $10 per person on the verandah of the museum.   Morning tea is served on delicate bone china with lace tablecloths and serviettes.

After having your cuppa, you can then take your time browsing through the museum.   A tour of the Brookfield Cemetery located across the road is also available for those who would like to hear stories of the people who are buried there.

For those with a detective bent, the headstone of Dr Leslie St Vincent Welch claims he was the first flying doctor.   Leslie St Vincent Welch was a notable physician in the Queensland Department of Public Instruction.   However, it was his younger brother Kenyon St Vincent Welch who became Australia’s first flying doctor and Kenyon is buried in Tasmania.   Museum volunteers have theories as to how the confusion arose.

For more information contact Bevvy Hughes.
Ph: 33778 0040
Email:

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