Stradbroke 100

The Museum has produced a beautiful booklet to accompany the'Stradbroke 100 - North Stradbroke Island's First World War Soldiers and the Homefront' exhibition. 

It contains all the information and photographs from the exhibition, plus more. 

It costs $15 from the Museum, or we can post it to you for a bit extra. Contact us if you'd like a copy.

The exhibition heads to Cleveland soon, so you can pop into the Redlands Museum to see it if you've missed out.



Small Museums Conference comes to the Redlands!

It is exciting to announce that the NSIHM is co-hosting this years Small Museums Conference, along with the Redlands Museum. The conference will be held over two days from August 23-24, in Cleveland and North Stradbroke Island. The conference theme is “Pathways - Connecting Museums and Communities”.

Every year, the South East Queensland Small Museums Conference offers training, professional development and networking opportunities to staff and volunteers who work in small museums.

The keynote speaker will be Professor Amareswar Galla, Executive Director of the International Institute of the Inclusive Museum. The National President of Museums Australia—Frank Howarth, will also deliver a paper.

The Moreton Bay Research Station will host the “Stradbroke Day” of the conference, and presenters will include Evelyn Parkin and Cameron Costello from QYAC, and Jo Besley from the University of Qld.

More information, including the draft program and registration details, is available here, or call us at the Museum on 3409 9699.



Celebrating 100 Years of the Dunwich Hall

Prep children entertaining the crowd at the centenary celebration of the Dunwich Hall.

The Dunwich Hall turned 100 years old in October 2013, and the Museum coordinated a community celebration of this significant milestone. It was a great morning of sharing stories and looking at old photos of the role the Hall has played in Island life. Howard Guille gave an informative powerpoint presentation, which can be downloaded here.

If you have other stories of the Hall you would like to share with the Museum, we'd love to hear from you.


President's Report 2012-13

Howard Guille addresses the 2013 Annual General Meeting.

The Museum AGM was held in September. To commemorate the centenary of the Dunwich Public Hall, Howard Guille gave a very interesting and informative presentation about the history of the Hall and its role in the Dunwich Benevolent Asylum (pictured). The Straddie Island Singers again entertained the gathering, and a delicious morning tea was shared. President Geoff Moore's report to the AGM can be downloaded here, and is an excellent summary of the Museum's work over the past year. 


Dunwich State School Walkathon

In late October, the Dunwich State School is having a Walkathon on the Point Lookout beaches, and asked the Museum to provide some historical information about the area to help create a learning experience for the children.

You can download the Walkathon Worksheet here, and also the answers (just don't tell the kids!)


2011-2012 President's Report

Aunty Sandra Morgan and Robyn Hofmeyr from the Cherbourg Ration Shed museum

The 2011-2012 Annual General Meeting was held on September 29, at the Museum. You can download the President's full report to the AGM here.  The guest speakers were Aunty Sandra Morgan and Robyn Hofmeyr from the Cherbourg Ration Shed museum (pictured).


Searching for the Centaur

Museum President Geoff Moore shows David Mearns a stretcher, believed to be from the hospital ship Centaur, before the expedition in December 2009.The NSI Historical Museum assisted shipwreck hunter David Mearns in his search for the hospital ship Centaur. You can read his expedition diary here.

Right: Museum President Geoff Moore shows David Mearns a stretcher, believed to be from the hospital ship Centaur, before the expedition in December 2009.


NSIHM wins Radio National 2009 Regional Museum Award

Petrina Walker with Minister GarrettThis year the North Stradbroke Island Historical Museum (NSIHM) decided to enter the ABC Radio National 2009 Regional Museums Award.

This was the second year of the Award and as a small Museum run almost entirely by volunteers, we were asked to tell our story. There were over eighty museums who accepted this challenge from every Australian state. We were thrilled to find we were judged the overall winner. When it was announced, this feeling seemed to spill over into the general community, accepting they were part of the Museum as well.

NSIHM Committee members Elisabeth Gondwe and Petrina Walker and volunteer Talisah Edwards were in Newcastle attending the National Museums Conference when the overall winner was announced. Petrina Walker accepted the award on behalf of the Museum from Hon Peter Garrett Federal Minister for the Arts.

The following summary appeared on Radio National's website.

"North Stradbroke Island Historical Society Museum tells the island's story to a permanent community of 3,000 residents.

The Museum was judged to have the best overall performance across the range of criteria. It has a range of permanent displays, well supplemented by temporary exhibitions. Its members are active in regional development issues and in developing heritage projects of interest to the community, visitors and schools. It actively collects objects, photographs, video and oral histories, which have been used in publications and is developing a website around its Heritage Trail.

The Museum is also the location for many local events, and has a thoughtful volunteer recruitment program. Among its treasures it holds a stretcher from the Australian Hospital Ship Centaur, which was torpedoed by the Japanese Navy near the Island in 1943, and the Oodgeroo Collection, which was deposited in 2008 by the family of the late Oodgeroo of the tribe Noonuccal."

ABC Radio National's Life Matters program visited the Museum to celebrate our winning the Award. Visit to listen to the special program online.



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