We see the tools, industries,
transportation, culture and dwellings and very different technology and fife
styles that supported Nineteenth
Century gold rush towns.
Displays lead to interests in:- banking, administration,
school teaching, fire protection, hotels, churches, entertainment,
carpentry, milling, appliances, furniture, shopping, hospital, photography,
gold extraction, steam trains, hydro mechanical power, food, printing,
shipping, clothing, which all contributed to the welfare and survival of the
See where the real transport and power came from.
Learn how the horses played such a critical roll in the success of the
remote mining settlements.
We see here the services that were needed to maintain and house
Vehicles on display
include:- fire fighting vehicles,
We take a short train ride in an old working steam train through the rainforest to
an old goldmine. On the way we see a sawmill.
See working examples of powerful movement
taken from rivers enabling miners and manufactures to drive various machines
for their industries.
You can take a lesson or just visit a real 1880's school
where slates, chalk, and nibs were the
writing medium and where the cane was the feared punishment for failing to
We take a short lesson then experience panning for gold ourselves. (Gold we
find we keep)
We see gold extraction using a "sluicing" system that
was used extensively by gold mining operations world wide.
Working displays enable you to understand the simple sciences behind
this and other gold extraction methods illustrated here.
We learn to
recognise the evidence of this process in other derelict landscapes.
View the medical technology of yesterday-
Iron lung, first x-ray machine, gynaecology instruments, operating theatre
See the office equipment, ledgers and gold scales.
Can you imagine what banks may be like in another 100 years?
All exhibits are displayed in genuine buildings
that were used in the those times.
are all maintained and set out as they were
in the 1880s. Even the staff wear period clothing as they go about their
Every town has one
and no one wants to know.
up for photo session
What better way can you learn of the fashion and clothing
from the past than to dress up with your friends and take a photo to
commemorate the event.
We learn how this important and expensive metal was prepared
for its roll in the Victorian industries
Here trees were converted into so many essentials.
The tools used are on display. Often these were largely made of wood
Communications for their world came from here.
See the machines that prepared the news for the miners their service
providers and their families in each community
Only professionals had the equipment
and the chemicals to record the important events of the communities. See
Encounter the differences between goldfield cultures.
By looking further you will discover a world of racial segregation:
different work ethics, different motivation, huge cultural and religious
variations and a chasm of mistrust between them.
A visit here will let you into the secrets
management, organisation and work ethics of this demanding industry.
Mills played a vital roll in growing settlements. Milling towns thrived
around these factories and many still exist.
See how technology and entertainment have changed.
Can you make a judgment on the attraction
values between modern and old-time bars?
Imagine life without taps.
The daily task was to go to the well, pump the water into your bucket and
carry it back to your house. Imagine the arguments this chore would create
in your home? Then you have to make a fire to heat the water for bathing and
stove, a floor cleaner, a washing machine, a bread maker, a butter
maker, are there others?
Some were just a hole in the ground and others used large cans
under the seats. All were smelly and in a shelter well away from the house.
Take a fun photo.
Town administration office
Community leaders and planners met here.
Decorations and equipment
on display help you imagine life as an early community leader.
The centre of religious gatherings
where people heard the word of their God
and became aware of the ways they should treat and work with others within
their communities and families.
As this is a man-made attraction you gain insights into the items that
attract tourists and the services a good tourist attraction needs. When this
is a maim study
will arrange for a meeting with the museum manager to enlarge on these
aspect and answer prepared questions.
"One favourite was the old schoolyard, where Mr G conducted a impromptu
lesson which was full of yelling, line writing and waving a cane around.
Definitely hilarious, but I’m sure that we’re all happy that they don’t use
canes any more. And nibs! The results were mostly disastrous for the
students who tried, except for L.P, who has a Calligraphy set at home. We
were all jealous."
"Yes, we all
actually found some authentic Gold! "
"We all enjoyed
locking each other up in the shackles and the stocks, and taking pictures."
Today many of the old
towns and industries have been lost to the forest and time.