Brookfield District Museum

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The Brookfield District Museum and Historical Society collects, preserves, and shares the history of Brookfield and Upper Brookfield. The building boasts three rooms, featuring exhibits relating to early Brookfield pioneering families and Brookfield Show. Notably, we hold a waistcoat worn by Patrick Pacey, a major landholder in the area, at his wedding to fifteen-year-old Anne Bloxsom in 1854.

There is also a large digitized collection of photos supplied by Brookfield History Group. Historical research and publications produced over the past fourteen years are housed in the museum. Some Brookfield Show Society and Brookfield Pony Club archives are in our care. The impressive collection of approximately twenty oral histories is a valuable resource, some of which have been published as Brookfield Stories.

We are also working to establish a Reference Library.

Brookfield District Museum is a historic Pullenvale Farmhouse, in which the Pullenvale Post Office operated from 1879 and 1958. The facility was moved to Brookfield Showgrounds in 2004, opening as a museum shortly thereafter.

It has been said, “Brookfield built Brisbane”. This refers to the prominent timber industry in Brookfield during the 1860s. The timber, consisting of mainly pine and cedar, was cut and hauled by bullock teams to the rafting ground on Moggill Road and floated down Brisbane River to the sawmills.

It was also transported to Brookfield’s own ‘Bon Accord’ sawmill established by Charles Patterson in 1875. Our display of timber collecting equipment represents the earliest European activity in the region. We have a comprehensive collection of farming equipment, sourced from the descendants of early twentieth-century settlers.

Brookfield Museum is open 9 am-11 am on Brookfield Market Saturdays, throughout Brookfield Show, and via appointment.

Meetings are held on the first Wednesday of each month from 1:30 pm.

Off-street parking and disabled access are both available.

We welcome school visits. The staff works diligently with teachers to provide personalized and object-based learning in line with the National History Curriculum.


PO Box 1374, Kenmore QLD 4069

Cath Fullerton: 0488 741 599

Margaret Watts: 0458 333 006


The Rocks, New South Wales

The Rocks, New South Wales

The Rocks is an urban locality, tourist precinct and historic area of Sydney’s city centre, in the state of New South Wales, Australia. It is located on the southern shore of Sydney Harbour, immediately north-west of the Sydney central business district. (Wikipedia)

The movement of peoples / Colonial Sydney

This website is designed to help you understand the History topic ‘The movement of peoples’, and site study skills. For the 2020 Syllabus, it also provides in-depth study of the major features of a particular time period and place in a modern society, that is the colonial transportation period from 1788-1863 in Sydney Australia. The site explains key features of this time period, sequencing major events to show an understanding of continuity, change and causation, and explaining how people of the past were influenced by different values, attitudes and motives.

The Rocks Site Study

What is a site study?

A site study is an inquiry-based examination of an historically significant location. Site studies may include an investigation of the local area, or a visit to an archaeological site, museum, an Aboriginal site, a specific building, a monument, a local area, an open-air museum or a virtual site available through ICT. You are doing a site study through a virtual site. Click the virtual tour tab above to learn more about The Rocks and its connections with some characters from the colonial transportation period.

Some examples of Site Studies include:

  • Aboriginal sites
  • archaeological sites
  • cemeteries
  • heritage buildings
  • houses
  • memorials
  • monuments
  • museums
  • statues
  • streets and streetscapes
  • suburbs, towns, villages
  • virtual sites

New 7 Wonders of the World

New 7 Wonders of the World was a campaign started in 2000 to choose Wonders of the World from a selection of 200 existing monuments. The popularity poll was led by Canadian-Swiss Bernard Weber and organized by the New7Wonders Foundation based in Zurich, Switzerland, with winners announced on 7 July 2007 in Lisbon. Wikipedia

Prince Henry Hospital Nursing & Medical Museum

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The Prince Henry Hospital Trained Nurses Associations Nursing and Medical Museum came into being in order to preserve our nursing and medical history. The Museum is located on the original grounds of the Prince Henry Hospital where medical staff dedicated their lives to caring for the sick, the injured and patients in isolation, suffering from dangerous and highly-infectious diseases. It’s uniquely rich and historical exhibitions date from the late 1800s and provides a fascinating glimpse into an extraordinary period of medical history.

The Museum’s many fascinating displays include original medical artifacts laid out in the original hospital wards, with displays of historical and contemporary medical equipment that is carefully maintained by our staff of dedicated volunteers. If you require more information or wish to delve further into the site’s history, the Museum also features a well-stocked reference library and historical photo archive.

Visitors to the Nursing and Medical Museum are also welcome to explore the grounds around the museum which overlook the local coastline. Significant features of the site include the historic clock tower and the original hewn stone Wishing Well. A short walk down towards Little Bay and you come upon the striking modern lines of the Nurses’ War Memorial Chapel, with its amazing stained glass wall overlooking the ocean and breaking waves below. The beautifully designed chapel – situated atop a grassy hillside with grounds offering commanding views of the golf course and local coastline– is non-denominational and is a popular venue for weddings.

The Museum regularly hosts day and evening events in co-operation with Randwick City Council. These events feature visiting lecturers and qualified staff and focus on engaging the local community with health issues and the museum.

If you’re considering a private tour or planning a bus or group tour, please contact us as we would be very happy to assist.


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Belgenny Farm Creamery

In 1795 a large herd of wild cattle was found grazing on the southern side of the Nepean River, thriving without human help. They were the progeny of two bulls and four cows that had wandered off from Sydney Cove in 1788. This is why the district became known as ‘the Cowpastures’, and it was here that John Macarthur was granted 5,000 acres of land in 1805.

Macarthur’s grant, initially known as ‘Camden’ and later as ‘Camden Park’, remained with the family for nearly 170 years. As the estate grew, much of the land was tenanted but the family retained portions for their own use, including the ‘Home Farm’. What we now call ‘Belgenny Farm’ was the center of the Home Farm.

From the mid-1830s the family lived at Camden Park House about 2km away. In the English tradition of great country houses, the Home Farm supplied them with fresh produce and directly involved them in farming, independent of their many tenant farmers on the wider estate.

Camden Park and Belgenny Farm have been at the center of one of Australia’s most enduring agricultural stories.

From humble beginnings in 1805 with the grant of 5,000 acres in an area previously beyond the settlement of Sydney, the estate grew to a group of farms totaling 27,693 acres over much of what is present-day Camden and its southern surrounds.

At its peak, the Camden Park had nine dairies and provided milk and fruit for a growing population in Sydney and was maintaining the lead in best practice and innovative agricultural methods for wool production and viticulture.

Camden Park has played an important role for generations in the form of Camden Vale Milk Bar, School Milk and the Rotolactor as well as the development of the townships of Camden and Menangle. The Macarthur family involved with the estate and what is now Belgenny have many amazing stories. You can read their stories by following the links on this site. (Belgenny Farm) Captured by: 3D Insights


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Newcastle Art Gallery: EVERYTHING CHANGES by Tim Maguire

Tim Maguire’s paintings and prints are cinematic in scale and romantic by nature. As a painter, Maguire is known for his rich color palette and consummate technical skills. Interested in the theme of ‘Vanitas and its symbolic reference to mortality and the fleeting nature of our lives, Maguire has in the past referenced 17th Century Dutch and Flemish still life paintings as frozen moments in time, an affirmation of temporality and the duality of the artist’s still life magnifications, preserving the subject matter forever whilst at the same time drawing our attention to the inevitable passing of time and decay.

This major exhibition surveys Maguire’s art practice from 2002 to 2017 where his use of digital photography has modified his painting techniques, incorporating a color separation process derived from color photography and printmaking. Maguire explains:

By constructing my paintings as transparently as possible, I seek to make the process apparent, so that every gesture remains visible. And as it is inherent in the nature of paint to dry, each layer is itself a little battle with time…Due to the vagaries of materials and climate, the drying time is always unpredictable. So I need to work fast, with big brushes and loosely approximate gestures…The nature of my colour separation process means that flaws in my representation are only visible after the application…at that point I might realize that I have put too much yellow or magenta in the preceding layers, by now well-dried and beyond changing’.

Exhibited for the first time, a purpose-built lightbox will be constructed in the exhibition space. This is a recent development in Maguire’s art practice where he prints directly onto translucent acrylic panels using the same print separation process and introducing light from behind the picture plane in a celebration of light, time and color, proving that Maguire is the painter’s time traveler. (Newcastle Art Gallery)

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Auckland Museum: Gallipoli in Minecraft

Explore the Gallipoli campaign in an exhibition featuring the interactive world of Minecraft® and incredible objects from the Auckland War Memorial Museum’s collections. Minecraft® is a hugely popular online game that is all about breaking and placing blocks. Since its inception players have worked together to create all sorts of incredible and imaginative things. The Gallipoli Campaign was a campaign of World War I. Allied forces invaded the Gallipoli peninsula (in Modern-Day Turkey) on April 25, 1915, with the aim of capturing Constantinople, the capital of the Ottoman Empire. After eight months of brutal fighting, the Allies withdrew. The campaign is remembered every year in Australia and New Zealand on ANZAC Day, April 25. (Matterport) Captured by: Property3D


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Auckland Museum: Volume

Celebrate the music of our nation with Volume: Making Music in Aotearoa, the first-ever major exhibition of New Zealand music. A homegrown, hands-on, ears-on exhibition, Volume explores the soundtracks of our lives through vibrant and interactive displays. Volume takes you on a musical journey, starting with today, and winding back through the decades to the 1950s. Hear the songs that you’ve fallen in love to, broken up to and everything in between. (Auckland Museum) Captured by: Property3D


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Queensland Museum – Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Cultures

Queensland Aboriginal people enjoy diverse and living cultures.  Communities vary according to geographic location, environment, and resources – each having their own unique cultural practices, languages, beliefs, knowledge and material cultures.

Torres Strait Islanders, wherever they live, call the islands of the Torres Strait home. Distinct to Aboriginal people and cultures, the Islanders also benefit from diversity with their own cultural practices, languages, beliefs, knowledge and material cultures.

Although Aboriginal people and Torres Strait Islanders have distinct cultures and societies, their experiences of dispossession, oppression, and disadvantage, as a result of Invasion and colonization, provides a political bond and shared identity for different Indigenous peoples.

Queensland Aboriginal Peoples and Torres Strait Islanders now live, work, study, and travel in different parts of Queensland, Australia and overseas. (Queensland Museum)


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