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2017 Standards Participants - Sunshine Coast & Noosa Regions

Eight organisations in the Sunshine Coast and Noosa regions have completed the 2017 Standards Review Program. The participating museums and galleries have worked through the year-long program, which assisted them to recognise their achievements, improve their practice and raise their profile.

M&G QLD is pleased to acknowledge the support of Sunshine Coast Council through the Cultural Heritage Levy, which is allowing M&G QLD to deliver this program to the region.

Bankfoot House Heritage Precinct

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Bankfoot House. Acknowledgement: Sunshine Coast Council

Explore heritage listed Bankfoot House, where three generations made their home. Walk through the front door and experience the house as the family left it.

Can you imagine living in the same house as your great grandparents, who didn’t throw anything out? The families’ resourcefulness is inspirational. Unpeel layers of history through family photos, the working pianola, the 1868 table, the beds layered with mattresses and objects from the families’ businesses. You can time travel through the countless calendars and see spoons worn down with years of stirring.

As well as a family home, the house was also the location of a Cobb & Co staging post, the local Post Office, timber-getting businesses, a butchers, the base point for recreational mountain climbers and an overnight stop for independent travellers.

The site also includes the award-winning Mary Grigor Centre which houses community meeting spaces, changing displays, parking and amenities. Pack a picnic and enjoy your lunch in the expansive grounds where the kids can play. The breathtaking views of Mt Tibrogargan and Mt Beerwah add to the sense of rural living. Make sure you bring your camera as there are plenty of photo opportunities.

Address: 1998 Old Gympie Rd, Glass House Mountains QLD 4518

Opening Hours: Last Sunday of the month 10am-3pm, or by appointment

Admission Cost: Adults $5, Children free

Phone: 07 5493 0197 (Wednesdays)




Bli Bli on Maroochy Historical Society

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Bli Bli School Residence, 94 Willis Rd, Bli Bli. Photo: Betty Garrad

The Bli Bli On Maroochy Historical Society aims to be “Here today - to collect, preserve and promote local history”. The Society was established to preserve the local Presbyterian Church Hall from removal or demolition and members have met every month for a number of years, to continue sharing local history stories and photographs, and to advocate for local history and heritage.

The Bli Bli On Maroochy Historical Society collects, preserves and promotes local history in the Maroochy and Mooloolah River areas. Members keep local history alive through research in the areas of farming, river life, sport, school, community, holidays and development. The Society provides guest talks, displays, slideshows, heritage images, articles and publications.

Members and visitors meet on the first Monday of each month at the Old Church Hall, 89 Willis Road, Bli Bli from 9.00 am. All are welcome to join us at the meeting and for morning tea.

Address: Bli Bli School Residence, 94 Willis Rd, Bli Bli QLD 4560

Opening Hours: Monday 9.30am-12.30pm, except first Monday of the month


Discover Eumundi Heritage & Visitor Centre

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Wan'din'in arts space. Photo: W Birrell

Discover Eumundi Heritage and Visitor Centre is the first place to stop when visiting the charming historic village of Eumundi to learn about the history of the town, find out what’s around the area and see the latest exhibition in the arts space.

Be transported back to a simpler time and experience local stories, see Indigenous artefacts, and discover the development of the area and many industries such as timber getting, dairying, the railway and hospital.

Eumundi’s world famous markets, established in 1979, feature in the museum’s displays. Discover Eumundi’s extensive collection of historic photographs is accessible for family research and reference.

While visiting, experience the Wan’din’in arts space, a recent vibrant addition to the museum site, to see the eclectic program of exhibitions, many showcasing local artists.

Address: 73 Memorial Drive, Eumundi QLD 4562

Opening Hours: Mon-Fri 10am-3pm, Sat 10am-2pm, Sun 10am-1pm

Phone: 07 5442 8762




Noosa Library Service Heritage Library

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Acknowledgement: Noosa Library Service

The Noosa Library Service Heritage Library collects, promotes, preserves and interprets history and heritage of the Noosa region from the original inhabitants, through the formation of the Shire in 1911, to the present day.

The collection is continually growing and includes books, photographs, maps, newspapers, magazines, audiovisual materials, oral histories and ephemera.

The collection is accessible to local residents, family and local history researchers, visitors to the region and anyone interested in undertaking research and discovering more about the many facets of the Noosa region.

The Heritage Library runs programs and events, which highlight the collection and Noosa’s history and encourage lifelong learning. Interested locals and researchers are welcome to explore the collection.

Address: 7 Wallace Drive, Noosaville QLD 4565

Opening Hours: Mon-Fri 9am-5.30pm, Sat 9am-3pm, Sun 10am-2pm

Admission Cost: Free

Phone: 07 5329 6555




Noosa Shire Museum

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Noosa Museum. Acknowledgement: Cooroora Historical Society Inc.

Come and visit the Noosa Shire Museum at the heart of the Noosa Biosphere. Located in the original Shire Council Chambers in the historic town of Pomona, which is nestled at the foot of Mount Cooroora. You can see shared cultures of the local Aboriginal people, the Gubbi Gubbi, and European settlers.

Not only can you experience pioneering early settlement, commerce and industries of the region but other amazing collections - like the Masonic Lodge Collection - and you can also learn more about the King of the Mountain Festival.

You will be warmly welcomed by volunteers and you can explore the Museum at your own leisure or have the opportunity to learn more one on one. The amazing volunteer staff give over 6000 hours of service to Museum and the community annually. The Museum also provides opportunities for research, particularly relating to family history.

With over 60 themed displays, this Pandora’s Box is sure to have something for everyone – no matter what your interest.

After your visit to the Museum, you’ll see Pomona and the region in a different light. Whilst in town there is lots to do, you can take a bush walk, see heritage buildings, visit the Majestic Theatre and enjoy a coffee in a friendly, country town atmosphere.

Address: 29 Factory St, Pomona QLD 4568

Opening Hours: Tues-Thu & Sat-Sun 10am-4pm

Admission Cost: Adults $5, Concession $4, Students $2

Phone: 07 5485 1080



Pioneer Cottage Buderim

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Pioneer Cottage Buderim c1882. Acknowledgement: Alex Sweet for Buderim Historical Society

Explore the wonderful Pioneer Cottage in Buderim. Set in a colourful garden, this heritage listed timber home was built circa 1882 and stands on its original site.

Go back in time to understand how the Burnett Family of 11 lived in the late 19th Century. From attic to bathroom, elegant parlour to outdoor slab hut, rich layers of family life and Buderim history will be revealed.

Explore at your own leisure or delve deeper with the helpful guides and discover delights such as historical and unique photos and toys, intricate handcrafts, kitchen innovations from the past, remarkable tools and beautiful lacework.

A short drive from the coast, the cottage is a jewel in the centre of Buderim Village. Make the trip, enjoy the experience and tell your friends.

Address: 5 Ballinger Cres, Buderim QLD 4556

Opening Hours: Mon-Sat 11am-3pm

Admission Cost: Adults $5, Children $1, School visits $2, Group bookings $4 - with Devonshire Teas $10

Phone: 07 5450 1966




Sunshine Coast Art Collection

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'Re-View: Selected works from the Sunshine Coast Art Collection' exhibition, Caloundra Regional Gallery. Acknowledgement: Your Life Photography

The Sunshine Coast Art Collection numbers more than 300 artworks, acquired since the late 1960s. Sunshine Coast Council is the custodian of this significant cultural asset for the Sunshine Coast region. It features paintings, photography, sculpture, textiles and ceramics that reflect the character and culture of the region.

You can view the art collection in council’s public buildings, through exhibitions at Caloundra Regional Gallery, or online via the council’s Art Collections database.

Since 2006, the Sunshine Coast Art Collection has grown to include an exciting collection of contemporary Australian art, featuring works by artists Tony Albert, Michael Cook and Johanna de Maine, while also supporting regional creative industries through the acquisition of works by local artists.

The collection takes pride in connecting people with arts experiences and encouraging enjoyment and awareness in the visual arts.

Phone: 07 5420 8299


Opening hours: (Caloundra Regional Gallery) Tue-Fri 10am-4pm, Sat-Sun 10am-2pm


Yandina & District Historical Society

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Yandina Historic House

The Yandina Historic House precinct includes a local artists gallery, visitor information centre, gift and craft shop, heritage discovery room as well as historical collections in the Museum Shed. Our famous Devonshire Tea keeps visitors returning and our helpful volunteers encourage visitors to walk the Yandina Heritage Trail and catch a glimpse into the past of the oldest town on the Sunshine Coast.

Pioneer John G Sommer originally built the house in late 1899 on a site in Bridges, 2km North of Yandina. The house was moved to its current site in 1996 but stood vacant until 2003 when the Yandina and District Historical Society began the cultural precinct development.

Yandina may have first been known as ‘Native Dog Flat’, but since then it has had many titles - River, Highway, Railway and Timber Town.

Come and explore the precinct! Step back in time and view our historical collections which include banking, religious and railway memorabilia; visit the gallery and craft shop and enjoy refreshments on the beautiful verandah.

Address: 3 Pioneer Rd, Yandina QLD 4561

Opening Hours: Mon-Sun 9.30am-3.30pm

Admission Cost: Free

Phone: 07 5472 7181





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