HISTORY:  Gold Coast Hinterland Heritage Museum volunteer Wayne Baguley demonstrates how hard life was in a slab hut.
HISTORY: Gold Coast Hinterland Heritage Museum volunteer Wayne Baguley demonstrates how hard life was in a slab hut. Yvonne Gardiner

Heritage museum hosts open day for Seniors Week

THE Gold Coast Hinterland Heritage Museum at Mudgeeraba will host a special open day on Thursday, August 24, to celebrate Seniors Week.

Foundation member Wayne Baguley and his wife Judy will be among volunteers showing visitors around the historic attraction.

Wayne had a hand in building the slab hut on site.

"Two of our members put the frame up, the heavy stuff, and it sat there for a while," he said.

"I finished it off, something I really wanted to do.

"The museum buildings were all part of subdivisions that were moved here.

"The railway station was moved four times before we got it - it started out at Nerang."

Okey House was the first building on site.

It was built in the early-1930s using timbers from the original Mudgeeraba Hotel, circa 1880, which was later named Hampshire Terrace Hotel in 1897.

This house contains many household items as well as a dedicated costume room with clothing from circa 1860.

The Spinners and Weavers Group will be displaying their skills on the veranda of Okey House at the open day.

The Antique Auto Club will also stage a display in the grounds.

Franklin House holds Albert Shire Council memorabilia, '50s-style kitchen items, typewriters and sewing machines, as well as many photos of pioneering places and families.

Blacksmith tools as well as a packing shed and dairy items can be found in The Forge, and the Blokes Big Shed houses a buckboard from the Hardy family of Springbrook, built in 1912 and used for transporting cream cans as well as passengers, mail and freight.

"We're preserving the history of the area. We're very fortunate with the locals giving us things," Wayne said.

"Nearly everything has been donated."

The museum will be open from 10am to 2pm on August 24.

Seniors are admitted free for the day while adult admission is $5.

Devonshire morning tea will be available from 10am to noon, also free for seniors.

The museum is located in the Mudgeeraba Heritage Centre, 238 Mudgeeraba Rd, Mudgeeraba.

Inquiries to president Joan Rudd on 07 5578 1424.


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