Mulgrave Settlers Museum, Gordonvale

#189 of 297 in Museums in Queensland
Head towards the sugar mill in Gordonvale, across the train and cane crossing you will find the museum carpark on the left hand side. This building was purpose-built to house objects used by settlers in the area then called Nelson in the late 1800s.

The aboriginal, miners' and timber cutters' displays are realistically set against a 40 metre rainforest backdrop. There is a fully equipped blacksmith's workshop.

Furniture and homemakers' aides in the pioneer woman's domain demonstrate the ingenuity and craftsmanship of the era, plus a few luxuries.

Boats and pack horses brought supplies through Packers Camp to the goldfields, and artifacts hold many memories.

Documents recording lives of early settlers are a useful resource for genealogy research.

School children can engage with their local history, see some of the tools their grandparents actually used and learn of the impact on the community of the 503rd Parachute Regiment based there during World War Two.

A hand-crafted Chinese Joss is in safe keeping along with memorabilia from prominent local citizens.

The museum is open Monday to Saturday from 10.00 am to 2.00 pm, however is closed from December and January (Queensland Christmas School Holidays). Adults - $4.00, Seniors - $3.00, and children $2.00
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  • My husband and I have been wanting to visit this Museum for some time. We are locals. We made our way to Gordonvale, a small Cairns suburb on the southern side of Cairns. The Museum was easy to...  more »
  • We visited Gordonvale on a very wet day a few weeks ago and found this little gem close to the sugar refinery. I must admit we were not expecting too much but with the help of our guide, Patrick...  more »
  • Very friendly volunteer staff who provided lots of local history. I enjoyed seeing the Kitchen and Laundry set up with things my Grandma used. Also thought the dentist chair with real teeth was fun. Interesting blacksmith area.

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