Cooneana Heritage Centre is a historically significant site in Ipswich. Cooneana Homestead, built in 1868, still stands and the 1974 Rhondda Collieries head office building forms one of the main display spaces for Ipswich Historical Society’s collection.
The Centre accommodates a great display of mining machinery and exhibits about coal mining – a significant industry in Ipswich – are available in the Rhondda building. There are several separate houses and former offices in which commercial, social, cultural and educational histories of Ipswich are displayed.
Brighton House is home to the Ipswich Historical Society Spinners and Weavers who are always ready to encourage people to learn the age-old crafts of spinning, weaving, dying and felting.
Jim Donald house is an early twentieth century miner’s cottage and is furnished with artefacts that were familiar to our grandparents and great-grandparents.
A Blacksmith shop where blacksmiths demonstrate traditional skills in metalwork operates on Saturdays.