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.

Parking
Off-street parking and disabled access are both available.

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

 

Contacts
PO Box 1374, Kenmore QLD 4069

Cath Fullerton: 0488 741 599

Margaret Watts: 0458 333 006

 

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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