Community Heritage Grant 2022

Emu Park Historical Museum is thrilled to be a 2022 Community Heritage Grant recipient. After an assessment of the museum’s collection by Dr Melanie Piddocke, some items of the collection were deemed in need of preservation. The money given to the museum by the National Library of Australia will help preserve some of the collections most precious items. The Emu Park Historical Museum would like to extend a huge thank you to the National Library of Australia for their generosity in helping preserve some of the museum’s collection.

Australian National Maritime Museum Grant (ANMM)

In 2022 our museum received a grant from the (ANMM) through the Maritime Museums of Australia Project Support Scheme (MMAPSS) to develop Maritime Themes for Emu Park Historical Museum. This grant of $5,250 enabled our museum, over the past 12 months, to rearrange and house our exhibits in protective and interactive displays units. We also set up a unit to recognise the contribution made by our Model Makers

The Countess Russell Bell interactive Display. Come learn the history and ring the bell. Ear plugs may be necessary

Emu Park and the Surrounding District Display. Come learn something about your own back yard

A tribute to the craftsmen who made a lot of our display models. Come and see the ship in a bottle and even in a light bulb. Please don’t turn it on.

The New Committee

The Emu Park historical museum would like to announce the establishment of the museum’s new committee. With new president Gordon Wilson as well as vice president Brad Joseph and junior vice president Elaine Williams. Continuing to serve within the museum is secretary and treasurer Trevor Bird and Librarian Denise Bird. The museum would also like to extend a friendly welcome to the committee’s newest position of media officer performed by former work experience student Ella Lawson. The museum wishes the new committee the best of luck in all their endeavours.

Work Experience at Museum

The museum recently had assistance from Ella Lawson, a work experience student from the Heights College in Rockhampton. Ella spent time at the museum over a nine week period gaining experience in the operation of the museum. She was of great assistance to our volunteers with their cataloguing program. The museum is open to any areas where it can assist the learning of our future generations. While at the museum Ella visited our exhibits and was able to give input from the younger generations perspective. Thank you Ella and the Heights College for this opportunity.

What a location to Learn

Open Day

The new display building at the museum was officially opened by Brittany Lauga MP at our Open Day

Our federal member, Michelle Landry MP attended the museum Open Day and celebrated with museum volunteers and guests, the completion of the new Display Building. This building will house the Saluting Their Service Commemorative display and a Timeline of the Emu Park and District History.

Ron Olsen relived childhood memories at the museum Open Day

The Father Day raffle was drawn at the museum’s Open Day, 3rd September.  A good time was had by all visitors and volunteers at the thank you party, for all the museum sponsors and ticket buyers. Winners were 1st – Caitlin with Yellow Y 21 / 2nd – Maria  with Blue  F 6  / 3rd  Milt  with Green  Y 73

Thank you everyone for your support in our fund raising efforts

First Prize Winner – Caitlin
Second Prize Winner – Maria

New Display Building is Happening

The museum has started the construction of a new display building which will contain our Saluting Their Service Display and a Timeline Display of the Emu Park and District’s History. You can appreciate that this project comes at a great cost and we were lucky to obtain a $ 35,000 grant from the Gambling Community Benefit Fund to start us off. This grant will enable the museum to construct the building and further funds will be needed to complete the electrical, lining and display unit fit out. We will be running several fund raising ventures over the coming months and possibly years to complete and open for visitors by October 2024 to celebrate our 40th anniversary. We look forward to having you join us on this journey and will keep you posted as we progress.

The new display building at the museum was officially opened by Brittany Lauga MP at the Open Day

Brittany Lauga MP and Trevor Bird at ribbon cutting ceremony
Proposed Layout of New Building