Museum Boxes

Cultural Heritage Services has initiated a new program to showcase the region's hidden treasures and heritage collections. The museum box presents as a mini exhibition located in highly visible venues, drawing on collections held by council, community museums and private collectors.

The boxes are designed as mobile, versatile exhibition spaces, freely available to heritage organisations to display objects and collection items, increase organisation profiles and attract new visitors.

The current boxes are available for viewing until Friday 15 December.

Inigo Jones - Caloundra Library

Inigo Jones (1872-1954) was a household name throughout Australia for his seasonal weather forecasts, which were widely published through the rural press. Inigo moved to Peachester with his parents in 1892, settling on a property they called Crohamhurst. He brought with him a set of weather instruments, and on 2nd February 1893 Inigo measured the record rainfall for Australia which still stands, 35.71 inches (907 mm) in 24 hours.  In 1935 he established the Crohamhurst Observatory where he continued to study and observe weather phenomena until his death in 1954.

Some objects on display as a part of the heritage levy funded museum box include an early telescope, believed to have been brought to Crohamhurst by the Jones family in 1892 and a desk set as well as books, newspapers articles and photos.

Acknowledgements: Australian Dictionary of Biography; Obituaries Australia; Peachester History Committee Inc.

SS Dicky Bell - Kawana Library

The Screw Steamer Dicky was an iron-hulled steamship, launched in Germany in 1883. In 1893, the SS Dicky was deliberately driven ashore at Caloundra during heavy seas, ironically to prevent being wrecked on the rocks at Moffat Beach. Later, four attempts were made to refloat the vessel, but on each occasion it ran aground and was eventually abandoned. For 122 years the shipwreck remained on the beach that now bears its name.

Over the years many items were salvaged or "souvenired" from the wreck. These items, believed to have come from the SS Dicky, are on display including a section of the mast, a brass porthole from the wheelhouse door, and replica bell cast from the original.

Acknowledgements: Dicky Beach Surf Club, Landsborough Museum and Cultural Heritage Collection.

Lest We Forget/Remembrance Day - Maleny Library

Every year on Remembrance Day, on the 11th hour on the 11th day of the 11th month, Australians pause to remember those who gave their lives during war. This exhibition highlights the sacrifices of Maleny locals Harry Hapgood and William Murphy and the impact of war on the community.

Collection items on display include a rare "Dead Man's Penny", WWI army issue items, and Harry's souvenir booklet. This Museum Box is drawn from Far From This Land exhibition, courtesy Landsborough and District Historical Society. Cultural Heritage Services would also like to thank Mrs Davis for the loan of Hapgood family items.

Bill Robinson - Nambour Library

William (Bill) Robinson joined the Royal Australian Air Force as a photographer in 1941 and was posted in Australia and overseas during his five years of service. While based in Newcastle he took the first aerial flashlight photographs at night. At the end of the war he married Phyllis Breadman, a W.R.A.A.F. photographer, and together they established a photographic studio in Tewantin.

In 1950, the Robinsons moved to Nambour and started a branch studio. They purchased Owen Studios in the Chadwick building, Currie Street, Nambour in 1961 and then in 1973 they opened another photographic studio in Caloundra; managed by their son Ted Robinson. In 1976, Bill and Phyllis established a retail camera shop in the foyer of the 'old Vogue Theatre' Nambour. In addition to his studio business, Bill also worked as a freelance photographer taking photos for both the Nambour Chronicle and the Nambour Police Force. In 1981 the Robinsons pioneered Pacific Film Services on the Sunshine Coast.

He recorded on film the changing face of the Sunshine Coast. His photographs portray aspects of life of the era and the area, show cultural and social history, and illustrate points and important aspects of the natural and built environment.