Museum & Gallery Services Queensland

2010 Standards Participants

Brisbane Tramway Museum
Commissariat Store Museum
Diamantina Health Care Museum
Gympie Regional Gallery
Mercy Heritage Centre
Miegunyah - Pioneer Women's Folk Museum
RBWH - Museum of Nursing History
Queensland Police Museum
Wondai Regional Art Gallery

The 2010 Standards Program, now in its 6th consecutive year, brings together an exciting group of galleries and museums from across the South East Qld region. Participating organisations for this year are: Brisbane Tramway Museum Society, Commissariat Store Museum, Diamantina Healthcare Museum, Gympie Regional Art Gallery, Kingaroy Art Gallery, Mercy Heritage Centre, Miegunyah, The RBWH Museum of Nursing History, Queensland Police Museum and Wondai Regional Art Gallery.

Brisbane Tramway Museum

Brisbane Tramway Museum
The unique feature of the Brisbane Tramway Museum is the collection of Brisbane tramcars and trolley buses. A tramcar collection dates from 1901 California Combination four wheel tram through the mighty twelve ton Dreadnought (or Centre aisle tramcar), to the well known Brisbane tram or Dropcentre which many visitors recall having ridden from Brisbane City to Fortitude Valley to the modern streamlined four motor (FM) car.

The Brisbane Tramway Museum holds a collection of 22 tramcars of which 6 have been restored and available for people to ride on when the museum is open to the public. any visitors comment on remembering the days when these tramcars supplied public transport to the people of Brisbane and the efficiency with which they moved people to and from the city centre.

Museum volunteers are in the process of restoring the prototype FM car built in 1937 and a Dreadnought built in 1913. The museum also holds two trolley buses of which one is in the process of being built in 1913. The power supplied to the rams at the museum is by Mercury Arc Rectifiers which is the only one operating in a museum in Australia.
The Brisbane Tramway Museum also holds a large collection of uniforms from the tramway era which staff wear proudly wear when operating the trams for the public

Open Hours: Sundays, 12:30 - 4:00pm (not open if raining)

Postal address: PO Box 94, Ferny Hills, 4055

Street Address: 50 Tramway Street, Ferny Grove

T: 07 3351 1776

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BTMS Standards 2010
L: Deborah Miles, Director, Creative Communities, Arts Queensland R: Glen Dyer, Archivals Coordinator, BTMS
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Commissariat Store Museum

Commissariat Store Museum
The Commissariat Store Museum is housed in the only occupied convict-built structure in Brisbane and holds a significant collection spanning Moreton Bay's penal colony, early free settlement in Queensland and social history in Brisbane and Queensland up to the 20th century. We offer a hands-on heritage experience to our visitors and provide informative and interesting guided tours that detail Brisbane during the years of convict settlement.

Aside from a significant collection of convict items on display and available for handling, such as leg irons, keys, cooking utensils and convict made bricks, our collection also includes various items from St Helena Island, the museum stores a substantial collection of furniture and household items brought to Queensland by the early free settlers.

Numerous arts and crafts items are also on display, such as pieces by L.J Harvey and Muriel McDiarmid which reflect Queensland's unique arts movement in the early 20th century. Various other items which uncover Queensland's early shipping and maritime history such as items from the Government paddle steamer 'The Lucinda' and 'The Queen of the Colonies' shipwreck.

Open Hours: Tuesday - Friday 10:00am - 4:00pm

Postal Address: PO Box 12057, George Street, Brisbane

Street Address: 115 William Street, Brisbane

T: 07 3221 4198

Commissariat Store Museum

CSM Standards 2010
L: Deborah Miles, Director, Creative Communities, Arts Queensland. R: Katy Law, Manager, Commissariat Store Museum.
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Diamantina Health Care Museum

A site with history dating back to Aboriginal ownership. In 1883 the Diamantina Orphanage was the first building on the land, then from 1893-97 it became a residence for the quieter patients from the Goodna Asylum, and in 1898 a Reformatory for boys. The Diamantina Hospital for Chronic Diseases with 72 beds was built on the site in 1901.

Incidentally the Diamantina Health Care Museum is situated in the only wooden building remaining from this period and is heritage listed. When the South Brisbane Auxilliary Hospital as built in 1956 several of the old wooden buildings from the 'Diam', as it was affectionately called, were retained. In 1960 the name was officially changed to the Princess Alexandra Hospital, or PA hospital as it is often called.

The museum displays many health care instruments used in the past including the first shock treatment machine dating back to 1850 and the first Kidney Dialysis machine. Also on display are many photographs of previous eras, furniture from the Diamantina days, data collections and free booklets about the Diamantina's fascinating past.

Open Hours: Wednesday 11:00 - 2:30pm & Sunday 12:00 - 2:00pm

Postal Address: Building 5, Princess Alexandra Hospital, Woolloongabba, Qld 4102

Street Address: Cornwall Street entrance, Princess Alexandra Hospital, Woolloongabba

T: 07 3240 2702

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L: Deborah Miles, Director, Creative Communities, Arts Queensland R: Claire Lees, Vice President, Diamantina Health Care Museum.
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Gympie Regional Gallery

The Gympie Regional Gallery is housed in a Heritage Listed School of Arts building designed by Hugo du Rietz and built in 1905.
The Gallery showcases a changing display of exhibitions in three exhibition spaces - touring, local and regional. Exhibitions are mainly of a contemporary nature but can also include heritage and community displays due to the venue. After renovations in 2003, it is now a Category 'A' gallery, with a workshop space, hire venue, library, shop and a terrific group of volunteers and the supportive Friends of the Gallery.

Open: Tuesday - Saturday 10:00am - 4:00pm

Postal Address: PO Box 155, Gympie, Qld 4570

Street Address: 39 Nash Street, Gympie

T: 07 5481 0733

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GRG Standards 2010
From Left: Deborah Miles, Director, Creative Communities, Arts Queensland, Sandra Ross, Cr Rae Gate, Helen Gale, Wendy Hanson and Julie Pratt.
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Mercy Heritage Centre

The Mercy Heritage Centre is a social history museum exploring the lives and work of the Sisters of Mercy Brisbane Congregation within a significant building.
The core of the existing building, Adderton, was built in 1858 by John Petrie for Dr George Fullerton. Despite extensions in 1891, 1913 and 1919, Adderton remains as one of the old surviving buildings in Brisbane.
Purchased as the first permanent home of the Sisters of Mercy in Queensland, Adderton was renamed Convent of Our Lady of Mercy, All Hallows', on 1 November 1863. It was the Mother House of the Brisbane Congregation, and the base for a broad network of health, education, and social welfare programs throughout the state. It remained a major residence of the Sisters of Mercy until 2007.
The Sisters of Mercy are a group of religious women , dedicated to serving the poor, sick and uneducated. The order began in Ireland in 1831, and the Brisbane group was founded shortly after QLD's separation from NSW.

The main aim of the Mercy Heritage Centre has always been to continue the legacy of the Sisters of Mercy trough educational programs and exhibitions. Out collection is unique and diverse - and the planned exhibitions will interpret six identified themes: Beginnings, Health, Education, Welfare, Religious Life and Building History.
Mercy Heritage Centre is celebrating their 150 years in 2011 - with all three stages, and 26 exhibitions anticipated for completion by May 2011.

Open Hours: Monday & Friday 9:00am - 4:00pm (or by appointment)

Postal Address: All Hallows' Convent, 547 Ann Street, Brisbane, Qld 4000

Street Address: 547 Ann Street, Brisbane

T: 07 3831 2252

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MHC Standards 2010
L: Deborah Miles, Director, Creative Communities, Arts Queensland R: Peter Connell, Director, Mercy Heritage Centre.
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Miegunyah - Pioneer Women's Folk Museum

Miegunyah houses the stories and objects of a late 19th century family life. Three generations of the Perry family lived there or were born there. Miegunyah is the only wooden 'Queenslander' style house of the 1880's that is open to the public.
Miegunyah's collection focuses on Women's History.

Miegunyah house is on its original block and has been restored mostly to its original appearance. Iron lacework, original windows and pelmets are all unique features of the house. It has cedar joinery and original floorboards. The stable is original and it has honeycomb brickwork underneath the house.

The house is furnished as a house of the 1880's would have been furnished. these artifacts include furniture, art works, ornaments, soft furnishings, silverware and kitchen and laundry equipment. Other artifacts including costume, textiles, toys memorabilia and handicrafts are in storage but are shown in special exhibitions.

The QWHA's own archives, dating form its foundation in the 1950's forma n important part if the collection and include lectures delivered to the association over the years and the monthly newsletter Historical Happenings.

Other holdings include books on Queensland History: records relating to early governors, notably the Bowen Family: records to women and women's organisations; subject and family files; ephemera and photographs.

Open Hours: Wednesdays 10:30am - 3:00pm Saturday & Sundays 10:30am - 4:00pm

Postal Address: 35 Jordan Terrace, Bowen Hills, Qld 4006

Street Address: 35 Jordan Terrace, Bowen Hills

T: 07 3252 2979

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Miegunyah Standards 2010
L: Deborah Miles, Director, Creative Communities, Arts Queensland R: Jenny Steadman, Vice President, Queensland Women's Historical Society.
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RBWH - Museum of Nursing History

Museum of Nursing History
When the Museum of Nursing History began in 1992 one of its aims was to establish a museum f the history of nursing. There was also an awareness that material which was part of the history of the Royal Brisbane Hospital was not being collected and this also fueled the idea of a museum.

The resultant collection, put together over seventeen years, is unique in Queensland and probably in Australia in its breadth and depth and its cohesiveness. It comprises an extensive collection of archival material, a very large collection of photographs, smaller collections of objects, uniforms and books (many of them rare text books), and a data base which records the names of all the nurses who obtained their general nursing certificate from the Brisbane Hospital from the time general nurse training commenced in 1886 to the end of the hospital based nurse training in 1993.

The Museum of Nursing History is historically significant in its documentation of the Herston site from 1866, and the history of nursing on the site from the 1870's. It also records the history of medical administration on the site and changes and development in clinical practice.
Because of its interpretive power and the significance of the site, which has become one of the largest concentrations of health enterprises in the southern hemisphere, it makes an important contribution to the history of health in Australia.

Open Hours: Tuesday 11:00am - 2:00pm

Postal Address: PO Box 63, Royal Brisbane Hospital Post Office, Qld 4029

Street Address: Northern Wing, Lady Lamington Building, Royal Brisbane and Women's Hospital, Bowen Bridge Road, Herston, Qld

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MoNH Standards 2010
L: Cecilia Brazil, Curator, Museum of Nursing History. R: Deborah Miles, Director, Creative Communities, Arts Queensland.
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Queensland Police Museum

The Queensland Police Museum includes 25 displays describing police heritage, Queensland crimes, police investigative techniques, medals, the history of police women, operational equipment and transport, among others. Our simulated murder scene is a popular attraction - come in and try your hand at solving this crime.

The Queensland Police Museum Research Library is home to a monograph collection, as well as archival material and images that date back to 1864.
The Education Program caters to both primary and secondary school groups and is most suited to students in years 5-12.

The Queensland Police Museum is unique in that it is the only official Police Museum in the State. the Museum is a repository for Police related memorabilia, images and archives from around the State. Other small collections exist but are usually focused only on uniform, badges and patches.

Open: Monday - Friday 9:00am - 4:00pm and last Sunday of each month 10:00am - 3:00pm

Postal Address: GPO Box 1440, Brisbane, Qld 4001

Street Address: Ground Floor, 200 Roma Street, Brisbane

T: 07 3364 6432

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QPM Standards 2010
L: Deborah Miles, Director, Creative Communities, Arts Queensland R: Lisa Jones, Curator, Queensland Police Museum.
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Wondai Regional Art Gallery

Wondai Regional Art Gallery
The Wondai Regional Art Gallery is housed in a building that is originally the town's Station Master's residence and dates back to the early 1900's. There are three gallery spaces which are changed monthly with an Opening Night on the first Friday of each month. In addition, a Kidz Korner is made available to the schools in the region for display of students' work. There are four competitions per year, including: The June Acquisitive, with the winning artwork being acquired by the Gallery. This collection is steadily growing with 11 pieces presently on display.

Open: Monday - Sunday 10:00am - 4:00pm (excluding Xmas Day, Boxing Day and Good Friday)

Postal Address: PO Box 262, Wondai, Qld 4606

Street Address: 40 Haly Street, Wondai

T: 07 4168 5926

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WRG Standards 2010
L: Aimee Board, Coordinator Training & Professional Development, M&GSQ R: Elaine Madill, President, Wondai Regional Art Gallery.
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