There is so much of interest to see at this little Museum.
After having a look at indoors, then head outside in the yard to see the implements, etc used on the farms when they were settled in the 1800's.
It is amazing to see inventions that were used back then.
The Museum curators were very helpful, filling us in on the use of some items that we were not familiar with. As they had received the donated items, often there was some history included as well.
This gorgeous little 3 room Cottage, built in 1850, is located across the road from the Information centre.
Set amongst a pretty cottage garden, this museum has so many old Australian historical items on display, lots I have not seen in other Museums.
On the verandah were huge Bellows, about 6 foot in height, these were used by the local blacksmith.
I also loved the very primitive Washing Machine, I doubt if any ladies would like to use this when they see it!
The Dentist's chair, maybe bring back some memories? and the old Typewriters, Cash Registers, and the old Plug Switchboard, how times have changed!
Photos of harvesting the crops with a team of horses were interesting, as were other photos of days gone by.
On display was a "federation" Wedding gown, and also other clothes worn in that era. How lucky are we, that in the hot weather we don't have to wear those long gowns, with corsets, it must have been dreadful living out here, with the dust and heat and wearing these clothes.
This Museum was so interesting, I really enjoyed it, and.....
what a bargain at $3 ADMISSION 2009
OPEN 10 -4PM Wednesday - Monday.
The Custom's house was a Border Customs Point before Federation.
Around 1850, the Customs House was built on the northern bank of the Macintyre River, a modest three-room cottage with detached kitchen, a fire precaution of the day. Its shingled roof covered sturdy walls of pitsawn timber, morticed top and bottom into slots, a building technique which declined towards the end of the 19th century.
In its day the Customs House was used to collect the tax paid on goods crossing between Queensland and New South Wales. The MacIntyre river which runs through Goondiwindi, is the border between the two States.
Also in the grounds is Martha’s Cottage, built in 1875. inside, you will see what was used for cooking back in the olden days.
The buildings have been authentically restored, and have been complemented with a lovely "cottage" garden.
The Museum has well kept gardens and an impressive variety of books, journals and memorabilla from yesteryear.
The Museum is open everyday day except Tuesday from 10 am to 4 pm.
ADMISSION IN 2009 was $3
There are many things produced here, but from what I could see, cotton would have to be one of the biggest industries.
When in season, all you see is cotton fields, for a long way around this town. It sure looks pretty just before harvest time.
For local information, visit the...
Goondiwindi-Waggamba Tourist & Community Information Centre...
The distances between towns in this area can be quite large... so it is important to have sufficient fuel in your car, and always carry lots of water. It gets mighty hot out here.
An interesting place to go siteseeing. Not only the town itself, but the surrounding region also. Especially during cotton season.
The Victoria Hotel is a well known place around these parts. I liked the building because of it's historical charm.