The Brookfield District Museum and Historical Society collects, preserves and shares the history of Brookfield and Upper Brookfield. The building boasts three rooms, featuring exhibits relating to early Brookfield pioneering families and Brookfield Show. Notably we hold a waistcoat worn by Patrick Pacey, a major landholder in the area, at his wedding to fifteen year-old Anne Bloxsom in 1854.
There is also a large digitised collection of photos supplied by 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. The impressive collection of approximately twenty oral histories is a valuable resource, some of which have been published as Brookfield Stories.
We are also working to establish a Reference Library.
Brookfield District Museum is a historic Pullenvale Farmhouse, in which the Pullenvale Post Office operated from 1879 and 1958. The facility was moved to Brookfield Showgrounds in 2004, opening as a museum shortly thereafter.
It has been said, “Brookfield built Brisbane”. This refers to the prominent timber industry in Brookfield during the 1860s. The timber, consisting of mainly pine and cedar, was cut and hauled by bullock teams to the rafting ground on Moggill Road and floated down Brisbane River to the sawmills.
It was also transported to Brookfield’s own ‘Bon Accord’ sawmill established by Charles Patterson in 1875. Our display of timber collecting equipment represents the earliest European activity in the region. We have a comprehensive collection of farming equipment, sourced from the descendants of early twentieth century settlers.
Brookfield Museum is open 9am-11am on Brookfield Market Saturdays, throughout Brookfield Show and via appointment.
Meetings are held the first Wednesday of each month from 1:30pm.
Off-street parking and disabled access are both available.
We welcome school visits. Staff work diligently with teachers to provide personalised and object based learning in line with the National History Curriculum.
PO Box 1374, Kenmore QLD 4069
Cath Fullerton: 0488 741 599
Margaret Watts: 0458 333 006