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2009 Standards Program Participant Profiles & Media Releases

A key outcome from the 2009 Standards Program has been the development of an improved media profile for participating organisations.

Chinchilla Historical Museum
Discover Eumundi Heritage & Visitor Centre
Dogwood Crossing @ Miles
Main Roads Heritage Centre
Miles Historical Village
Milne Bay Military Museum
Stanthorpe Regional Art Gallery
Warwick Art Gallery

Chinchilla Historical Museum

What the Standards Program has meant for our Museum
The Standards Program has emphasised the importance of policies, procedures and documentation. It has refocused our attention on the purpose of the Museum and has enabled us to identify the significant portions of our collection and the areas that require attention.

'Did You Know' - intriguing facts about the Museum & its collection

Chinchilla Melon Festival. Image courtesy Chinchilla Historical Museum.
Chinchilla played an important role in the fight against the destructive prickly pear, an
invasive weed that invaded Australia’s eastern states, causing many farmers to abandon
their properties. The town had one of the farms where the eggs from the cactoblastis
moth were collected and packaged in cartons for distribution to landholders. Though not
effective in all areas the moth is still regarded as one of the world’s best examples of successful weed biological control. Located 10 kilometres east of Chinchilla, The Boonarga Cactoblastis Hall, which is listed on the Queensland Heritage Register, is said to be “the only building dedicated to an insect”.

For a full Museum Profile and media release regarding the completion of the 2009 Standards Program see the links below.

Museum profile - Chinchilla Historical Museum
Media release - Chinchilla Historical Museum

Discover Eumundi Heritage & Visitor Centre

Setting up the Markets. Image courtesy Discover Eumundi Heritage & Visitor Centre.
What the Standards Program has meant for our Museum
Increased feeling of ownership - Volunteers now have a better understanding of museum practices and an increased motivation to be more involved in all levels in the day to day running of the museum and the management of the collection.

Involvement in the Standards Programme has emphasised to our museum staff, volunteers
and stakeholders the need to update all museum forms, policies and procedures regularly and
to implement them properly.

'Did You Know' - intriguing facts about the Museum & its collection

Did you know that the Discover Eumundi Heritage and Visitor Centre is run by a community association which puts on the famous ‘Original’ Eumundi Markets every week. This year is the 30th anniversary and at the first market there were 3 stalls, 8 people visited and $30 was taken! It has now grown to over 600 stalls with 1.6 million visitors per year. The museum has celebrated this achievement with a display of objects, photographs and anecdotes from the 30-year history of the markets.

For a full Museum Profile and media release regarding the completion of the 2009 Standards Program see the links below.

Museum profile - Discover Eumundi Heritage & Visitor Centre
Media release - Discover Eumundi Heritage & Visitor Centre

Dogwood Crossing @ Miles

Dogwood Crossing @ Miles - at night. Image courtesy Dogwood Crossing @ Miles.
What the Standards Program has meant for us
The Standards Program reinforced the leadership role we can play in our region, and the broader community, and encouraged us not to underplay our value.

The Standards Program broadened our understanding of the importance of collection priorities both locally and throughout our region.

'Did You Know' - intriguing facts about the Centre

Dogwood Crossing @ Miles has a strong volunteer base that involves people of all ages including young people who help plan and install exhibitions and assist in the running of public programs. A group of young girls involved with the gallery is known as the ‘Dogwood Divas’.

For a full Profile and media release regarding the completion of the 2009 Standards Program see the links below.

Profile - Dogwood Crossing @ Miles
Media release - Dogwood Crossing @ Miles

Main Roads Heritage Centre

Inside the Main Gallery: a glimpse of early road construction. Image courtesy Main Roads Heritage Centre 2008.
What the Standards Program has meant for our Museum
The Standards Program has provided an excellent forum at an opportune time for us to focus on and crystallise future directions for marketing and public programs now that we have a publicly accessible museum. Peer recognition for a job well done!

'Did You Know' - intriguing facts about the Museum & its collection

The Centre’s collection includes a Raffle Barrel & Numbers from the Nundah Workshops Welfare Club. This object tells the story of care and compassion in an era before government welfare. The Main Roads Depot Welfare Club was formed in early 1944 and served an important social and welfare function for staff and their families, reinforcing the close bond that existed amongst those who worked at Nundah through until the 1990s. The barrel, frame and numbers were made by a plumber and carpenter from the Nundah Workshop. The raffles started as a way for the club to raise funds. The prize on offer was often a chicken, hence its nickname the ‘Chook Raffle Barrel’.

For a full Museum Profile and media release regarding the completion of the 2009 Standards Program see the links below.

Museum profile - Main Roads Heritage Centre
Media release - Main Roads Heritage Centre

Miles Historical Village

Streetscape - Miles Historical Village. Image courtesy Miles Historical Village.
What the Standards Program has meant for our Museum
We identified through the Standards Process that interpretation was of a high priority. We aim to continue development and progress in this area as we know this will help with the visitor’s experience and, as word of mouth is one of our major marketing strategies, experiences and interactions mean a great deal.

'Did You Know' - intriguing facts about the Museum & its collection

The Condamine Bell Collection features the most successful and popular bell first made in Condamine (a small town just south of Miles) by Mr Samuel William Jones, who had a Smithy by the Condamine River from early 1866 to late 1878. The ‘Bull-frog’ or ‘Jones’ bell, as it was first known, became famous under its better-known title of the ‘Condamine Bell’. Designed to be hung from the necks of working bullocks, the bells ensured the stockmen were able to locate their cattle when left to roam and graze. Stockmen were even able to determine the distance of a bullock by the sound of its bell. It was claimed that these bells could be heard up to seven miles away.

For a full Museum Profile and media release regarding the completion of the 2009 Standards Program see the links below.

Museum profile - Miles Historical Village
Media release - Miles Historical Village

Milne Bay Military Museum

Unique Stein. Image courtesy M&GSQ.
What the Standards Program has meant for our Museum
The Standards Program has strengthened the resolve of the committee to update its collection
policy and business plan.

This program gave us the assistance to enable us to plan for our future and support the old adage that ‘if you do not plan then you plan to fail’.

'Did You Know' - intriguing facts about the Museum & its collection

The Museum displays silver and crystal ware belonging to the 25th Battalion, including a treasured unique silver plated stein. All items are displayed and used by the 25th Battalion Royal Queensland Regiment during their formal dining-in meals. The oldest object of this collection, the silver plated stein, is still used in ceremonies today, as a table centrepiece, and occasionally as a communal wine vessel. This priceless piece was presented to the 25th Battalion in 1967, by the King’s Own Scottish Borderers, as a token of affiliation.

Acknowledgment of the special standing of this relationship is engraved on the bottom rim of the stein. Details of its origins are engraved on the inside of the lid: “Presented by Captain Anderson to his brother officers of the Scottish Borderers to commemorate the presentation of colours by the Countess of Dalkieth July 27th 1877”.

For a full Museum Profile and media release regarding the completion of the 2009 Standards Program see the links below.

Museum profile - Milne Bay Military Museum
Media release - Milne Bay Military Museum

Stanthorpe Regional Art Gallery

William Robinson, Trotting Guernseys, 1980. Oil on canvas. Acknowledgement: Southern Downs Regional Art Collection. Gifted by the artist under the Cultural Gifts Program 2002. Courtesy the artist.
What the Standards Program has meant for our Gallery
The collection as a resource for education, research & inspiration was under utilised. We are developing programs to give the community a sense of ownership, with the aim of creating lifelong audiences for the gallery.

Through serious self-examination, and with the tools that the Standards Program provides, we
identified where improvements to the Gallery’s management and operations can be made.

'Did You Know' - intriguing facts about the Gallery & its collection

The Gallery collection contains a number of works by significant Australian and international artists. One of these significant works is ‘Trotting Guernseys’ (oil on canvas, 1980) by William Robinson. The artist has written a letter to the Gallery stating its significance to his art practice during the early 1980s. He identifies it as being the first major image in his period portraits of cows. Robinson has recently been honoured with a permanent gallery devoted to his life and work at Old Government House in Brisbane.

For a full Gallery Profile and media release regarding the completion of the 2009 Standards Program see the links below.

Gallery profile - Stanthorpe Regional Art Gallery
Media release - Stanthorpe Regional Art Gallery

Warwick Art Gallery

Tree Jumper. Image courtesy Loretta Grayson.
What the Standards Program has meant for our Gallery
The Standards Program highlighted the potential of the Gallery’s built environment and organisational capacity to provide a regular program of inspirational and inclusive art experiences for the community.

The Gallery has conducted visitor surveys to assist in finding out more information about our current audience. Identifying our existing clients’ views about the Gallery and its operations will help us create strategies for expanding our audience. This work has provided a catalyst for the Gallery to undertake further research, such as a volunteer skills audit.

'Did You Know' - intriguing facts about the Gallery & its collection

The biggest cultural event in Warwick in recent years is the fabulous and quirky ‘Jumpers and Jazz in July’ festival. For ten days during our chilliest months artists, locals and visitors celebrate the cold by creating artwork for over 150 deciduous trees lining the main streets of the CBD. The materials used for tree jumpers are varied and creative. They include wool, plastic bottles, feathers, knitted plastic bags, rope and paper. Artists from England and New Zealand participate alongside accomplished Australian artists and enthusiastic locals and groups.

The tree jumper that has travelled the furthest distance to be part of the Festival was created in Lincolnshire, England. This artist has been contributing a tree jumper to the Festival for 4 years, but hasn’t quite made it to Warwick to visit yet! The Exhibition of tree jumpers is supported by a comprehensive program of music, art and workshops.

For a full Gallery Profile and media release regarding the completion of the 2009 Standards Program see the links below.

Gallery profile - Warwick Art Gallery
Media release - Warwick Art Gallery